Well there does seem to be a bit of good news regarding COVID-19… it’s not affecting children, unlike every other pandemic in history that disproportionately kills the old and very young.
“We know children get infected with the virus, but they don’t appear to get very sick or die,” said Justin Lessler, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “What we don’t know is how much these asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic kids transmit,” he told AFP. “This is key to understanding their role in the epidemic.”
In a study from mid-February of 44,000 confirmed cases in and around the city of Wuhan, where the pandemic began, the 10-to-19 age bracket made up one percent of infections and a single death. Patients under 10 comprised less than one percent, with no deaths reported.
It’s important that children practice social distancing just like adults. That means no playing with other children.
Since it’s impossible to clean surfaces like monkey bars and other playground equipment it’s best to avoid taking children to playgrounds and parks where they might touch contaminated play surfaces and touch mucous membranes of their eyes, nose, and mouth.
Not sharing toys with other children is also going to become important. And routinely cleaning the toys they are playing with will also take on a new importance.
Reintroducing pastimes that we enjoyed such as running, jumping, and playing with sticks are still good to go!
Older kids should be encouraged to take up reading, board games and Dungeons & Dragons!