At the end of 2019, a new type of coronavirus began making people sick with flu-like
symptoms. The illness is called coronavirus disease-19 — COVID-19, for short.
The virus spreads easily and has now affected people in many countries.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
COVID-19 causes a fever, cough, and trouble breathing.
Some people might have:
People can catch coronavirus from others who have the virus.
This happens when an infected person sneezes or coughs, sending tiny droplets into
the air. These can land in the nose, mouth, or eyes of someone nearby, or be breathed
People also can get infected if they touch an infected droplet on a surface and
then touch their own nose, mouth, or eyes.
Experts are looking at whether the virus can spread through stool (poop).
Is Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dangerous to Children?
Experts are still learning about COVID-19. There are far fewer cases of the virus
reported in children. Most of them caught the infection from someone they lived with
or a family member. The virus seems to usually cause a milder infection in children
than in adults or older people. But there have been cases of kids developing
more serious symptoms, sometimes several weeks after being infected with the virus.
Call your doctor if
your child or someone in your family has a fever, cough, belly pain, vomiting,
diarrhea, rash, dizziness, or is just not feeling well. Tell the doctor if they have
been near someone with COVID-19 or lived in or traveled to an area where lots of people
have the coronavirus.
Make sure your children have all their vaccinations.
Protect them against illnesses like measles
and the flu. Kids who have
another infection may have a harder time getting better if they do get COVID-19.
How Is Coronavirus (COVID-19) Treated?
Most people with COVID-19, including children, do not have serious problems. They
usually get better with rest and fluids. But it is important to keep kids with COVID-19
away from others
who may have a harder time with the virus.
People who are very ill get care in a hospital with breathing help, IV
fluids, and other treatments.
How Can I Protect Myself From Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Avoid other people, especially those who are sick, and busy places until the outbreak
is under control. Remember, COVID-19 can spread before a person has symptoms and even
when someone has no symptoms.
If you need to go out, cloth face masks on adults and kids over 2 years old can
help slow the spread of the virus:
Do not use a face mask meant for a health care worker because they're needed in
hospitals and doctor's offices.
To see how to put on and remove masks, clean them, or make your own cloth mask,
check the CDC's
Try to stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people.
Wash your hands well
and often. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
with at least 60% alcohol. Teach your kids to do the same.
Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Use a household cleaner or wipe to clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that
people touch a lot.
Follow recommendations from your local health authority, especially if there are
people with coronavirus in your area.
Experts around the world are studying and tracking COVID-19 and are learning how
to keep it from spreading.
Where Can I Learn More About Coronavirus (COVID-19)?