How do I protect my child from COVID-19?

You can protect your child from COVID-19 by encouraging them to take the same safety precautions as everyone else:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick unless you are seeking medical care.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks).
  • Launder items, including washable plush toys, using the warmest water setting allowed for the items. Dry them completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t available. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Be sure to also track and follow community safety measures, such as school closures. Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places while school is closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.