Health experts say that most kids are not at high risk for COVID-19. Plus, children who get infected with the virus do not usually get very sick. But the virus is a very serious threat to adults who are older. It’s also a big threat to people who have certain medical conditions, like lung disease.
Federal, state, and local governments are taking steps to keep everyone as safe as possible. That includes trying to prevent infected people from spreading the virus. In many places, schools and businesses have been temporarily closed. Concerts, sports events, and other big gatherings have been canceled. In addition, people who might have been exposed to the virus are being quarantined. They will be closely monitored to see if they show symptoms.
Health officials say you should follow the current rules and guidelines in your community. You should also take the same steps you would to avoid getting or spreading a cold. That includes washing your hands frequently. Also, you should sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow. (See more tips below.)