The virus can be more serious in some people. And some people have no symptoms
How Is Coronavirus (COVID-19) Treated?
Most people with COVID-19, including children, do not have serious problems. After
seeing a doctor, most get better with rest and fluids. People who are very ill get
care in a hospital with breathing help, IV fluids, and other treatments.
Doctors and researchers are working on medicines and a vaccine for coronavirus.
Antibiotics can't treat viruses so they won't help with the coronavirus. Medicines
for the flu don't work either because the coronavirus is different from the flu virus.
Can Kids Go to School During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic?
Kids are less likely to catch and spread the coronavirus than adults. Health experts
say that going to school with safeguards in place helps protect students and lowers
their chances of getting the virus. These include:
grouping the same students and teachers together throughout the school day
If healthy kids do get coronavirus, they are less likely than adults to have symptoms
or to get very sick. And, while worrisome to parents, the inflammatory
disorder called multisystem inflammatory
syndrome (MIS-C) that some kids get after having coronavirus is rare.
What Safety Measures Are Schools and Teachers Using?
Safety precautions used at many schools include:
Cleaning and disinfecting. Schools should follow advice from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for cleaning and disinfecting
common areas. Surfaces that get touched a lot (such as bathroom handles and knobs,
keyboards, and doorknobs) should be cleaned as often as possible but at least daily.
Health screenings and monitoring. Schools may check kids for
symptoms of coronavirus each day. This can include temperature checks and symptom
surveys at home or in school. If someone gets sick, there should be a process for
isolating them, reporting exposures, and returning to school. Students, teachers,
or school staff should stay home if they are
sick. Kids should not go to school if they have had close contact with
someone with COVID-19.
Face coverings. All adults should wear masks
or cloth face coverings, as should middle school and high school students. Preschoolers
and elementary school-age kids — if they can keep from touching their faces
a lot — also should wear masks.
Hand washing. Students and staff should wash
their hands with soap and water well and often. They also can use hand sanitizer
if water is not available.
distancing (also called physical distancing). Adults and students should
stay 6 feet apart whenever possible. In the classroom, spacing desks 3–6 feet
apart and having students wear cloth face coverings will help prevent the spread of
Class or group size. Some schools may limit class sizes, place
students in cohorts, stagger schedules, or do a hybrid of online and in-person learning.
A cohort is a group of students and teachers who stay together throughout
the school day.
Other ways to lower risk. Schools across the country are figuring
out creative ways to reduce
the spread of germs. They might:
Hold classes and activities outside as much as possible.
Have teachers change rooms rather than kids.
Have meals in the classroom instead of the cafeteria.
Mark floors to show students where to stand and walk.
Have students ride the bus in assigned seats that are distanced apart.
Schools that follow these practices can lower the chances of COVID-19 spreading
among students and staff. But that doesn't mean infections can't still happen. In
case of an outbreak, schools should have a plan ready that includes full-time distance
learning at home.
What Else Should I Know?
The coronavirus pandemic continues to change, so it's important for schools and
families to be flexible.
You can find more information on returning to school safely on the CDC's
website. If students or families have been traveling or plan to, your school should
follow recommendations from your local health authority. The CDC's
site also has updated travel information.