Coronavirus in Children & Young Adults

COVID-19 and the Impact on Children and Young Adults

Initial research suggests that fewer children than adults develop fever, cough, or shortness of breath from COVID-19. In addition, few children with COVID-19 needed hospitalization. However, severe illness has been reported in children, most often in infants younger than a year old. To keep updated on current COVID-19 trends in children, visit the *new Ohio Department of Health – COVID 19 Dashboards for Children and Schools.

COVID-19 in Children & Young Adults

Return to Sports - Interim Guidance AAP

COVID-19 and Children Wearing a Mask

COVID-19 Exposure and Testing

COVID-19 Positive and Negative Test

How To Talk To Kids About COVID and Going Back To School

It’s important to talk to students with age-appropriate reinforcement of some basic themes:

  • Reassure them that educators, parents, and students are together creating a safe environment for everyone.
  • Be honest about what’s happening, that their school is taking these precautions while scientists all over the world are working toward effective treatments and vaccines.
  • Give students space to talk about their feelings and, whenever possible, let them make choices. In uncertain times, even small choices will help them feel a sense of control or empowerment in their lives.

Parent Resources

Parenting During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic presents special challenges for parents. Browse our special collection of posts from the Healthy@UH blog with expert advice for parents and other child caregivers to help children thrive during this extraordinary time.

UH Health Talks

University Hospitals brings our health experts to you through our continuing series of virtual health talks. These virtual seminars, which touch on COVID-19 and children, include a presentation by physicians who are experts in their field, followed by a Q&A session.


The ABCDs of COVID-19

Always Wear a Mask
Always Wear a Mask
A mask covers the mouth and nose, where the droplets that spread COVID-19 are made. Children can have COVID-19 and spread the illness even when they don’t feel sick. If your child sees you wear a mask, they will pick up on that and wear one, too. This also will make it easier for your child, as they will be used to wearing a mask when they go back to school. When you talk to your children about wearing a mask, let them know that wearing a mask is a way to take care of others, because if we all wear a mask, we can slow the spread in the community.
Be Aware of Illness Symptoms
Be Aware of Illness Symptoms
Before your child leaves the house, check for fever and any COVID-19 symptoms. 100.0°F or over without any medicines is the cutoff for fevers. Keep your child home if they are having a fever or COVID-19 symptoms. Talk with your child so they know that you want them to let teachers know if they are not feeling well at school. Have a plan for what to do if you need to pick a child up during the day.
Clean Your Hands and Your Space
Clean Your Hands and Your Space
Teach good handwashing at home by washing hands together or talking about it with older children. Soap and water for twenty seconds or two choruses of “Happy Birthday,” or a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol are recommended. Talk with your child about being safe and not sharing items with other children right now.
Distance Physically, But Not Socially
Distance Physically, But Not Socially
Stay 6 feet apart as much as possible. Physical closeness increases exposure. Children can keep up with friends by phone or email, with adult supervision. This can be a stressful time for children. You may have family or friends with COVID-19. You may have family or friends who have lost their jobs recently. Be honest and share information in a way they can understand. Tell your child that it’s okay to be sad, mad, or worried. It can be hard for grown-ups to hear about stress that children are feeling because we don’t have all the answers. But listening to your child and answering their questions can help.
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