COVID-19 Tips for Parents

Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH) is working to provide you with the most up-to-date information on this rapidly evolving situation. Click HERE to view the latest Coronavirus numbers in Hamilton County.


What is Known

  • The virus causing COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified and causes a respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe pneumonia.
  • Most (81%) of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in China have had mild illness.
  • Similar to influenza (flu), the people who are most likely to develop severe illness and complications from COVID-19 are older individuals (>60 years old); those with other medical conditions (like heart and lung disease or diabetes); and individuals with weakened immune systems.
  • There is no vaccine or treatment currently available for COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health has started the process of evaluating treatments and developing a vaccine already.

How the Virus Spreads

  • COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
  • People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the virus.
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread of the virus might be possible before a person has symptoms, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

What You Can Do Now

  • Stay home. Only leave the house for essential trips (going to the grocery store, pharmacy, or to work if you are an essential employee).
  • If you must leave home, bundle trips into one day to limit exposure.
  • Maintain 6 foot social distance from others while in public.
  • Teach children to always cover their cough and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
  • Handwashing is a very effective way to prevent sickness. Remind children to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom, before they eat, and after they cough, sneeze, or blow their nose. Hand sanitizer is a good option to use if soap is not available.
  • Tell children to avoid touching their mouth and nose or rubbing their eyes since that is how germs get into the body.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects using everyday household disinfectants. High-touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles, and sink handles should be cleaned more often.
  • Make a plan to designate a caregiver, such as a family member or neighbor, for a sick child(ren) if you can’t stay home.
  • Find out your child’s school plan to communicate with you when needed, such as through call or text notification, emails, or checking their website.

Downloadable Resources

Checklist for Protecting Children While At Home

Tips to Keep Children Healthy While School’s Out

COVID-19 Checklist for Setting a New Routine

Family Activities to Try During Closures