As the mother of three children, Tidelands Health pediatrician Dr. Lucretia Carter has witnessed firsthand the concerns of children in response to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
“I’m getting questions from my own children all the time,” says Dr. Carter, who practices at Tidelands Health Pediatrics in Myrtle Beach. “Recently, we were in the store, and my son said he couldn’t touch something because of the coronavirus.”
Just like the rest of us, children are regularly hearing about the coronavirus. Turn on a TV or visit a news website and you’ll see headlines about new confirmed cases of the virus, images of cruise ships or parts of countries being quarantined and people wearing masks as they go about their day-to-day lives.
It’s not surprising the virus could cause anxiety among young people.
Dr. Carter says there are ways for parents to ease children’s concerns by talking to them about it in a calm way and reminding them of the everyday habits they should be following to protect themselves from infectious diseases.
Here are some of Dr. Carter’s tips for discussing the coronavirus with your kids: