How can I help protect myself and my child?
COVID-19 spreads similarly to other respiratory viruses such as influenza. So, coughing and sneezing or touching surfaces that contain the virus. The best way to prevent infection is to be prepared. You and your child should:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
How can I protect my child in day care or out and about?
The best way to protect your child either at day care or out and about is wash their hands, and teach them how to wash their hands. We recommend washing your hands for 20 seconds – so the length of time it takes you to sing "Happy Birthday."
Wash your hands before you eat, before you come into the house and after you’ve been out and about. This is the best way to prevent getting any sort of virus.
We also recommend coughing into your elbow, sneezing into your elbow and curbing any droplets that may be coming out of your mouth or nose.
What about animals/pets and COVID-19?
Although some animals/pets have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, it is not known whether they can spread the virus to humans. If you are not sick, you can continue to feed and care for your pet. As always, you should wash your hands before and after interactions with your animal to prevent the spread of other diseases.
If you are sick with COVID-19, restrict contact with animals or pets, just like you would with other people. Have another member of your house help with feeding and caring for them. If you have a service animal or are unable to get assistance with caring for your animal/pet, wear a cloth facemask during your interactions with them and continue good hand-washing.
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