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As kids gradually return to parks, playgrounds, pools and beaches this summer, many parents have questions about how to keep their children safe and reduce the risk of catching coronavirus.
First, it is not yet known whether weather and temperature affect the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like those that cause the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months. This does not mean you can’t become sick during summer months, so you shouldn’t let your guard down.
Continue to take the usual safety precautions as recommended by your child’s doctor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 safety measures.
Teach your children to wash their hands often and cover their coughs and sneezes with a bent elbow. Remind them not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth, where colds and viruses enter the body.
Also, your family should continue wearing face coverings when out in public (don’t put a mask on a child under age 2), stay 6 feet away from anyone outside of your household, and avoid crowded places and group gatherings.
Follow these tips to keep your family safe this summer during coronavirus:
As kids are playing outside, innocent fun can result in cuts/scrapes, sprains/strains and broken bones.
Hopefully you’ll be able to avoid injuries and illness, but if an emergency happens, Edward-Elmhurst Health Emergency Departments are open and ready to help while keeping you safe.
Don’t let fear of the virus stop or delay you from getting your child medical care. Call 911 if the situation is life-threatening. Otherwise, head to the ER. Read our Safety Commitment.
Learn more about pediatric emergency care at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
For updates on our planning and response efforts as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19, please check EEHealth.org/coronavirus.
Get more information about coronavirus from Healthy Driven Chicago.
The information in this article may change at any time due to the changing landscape of this pandemic. Read the latest on COVID-19.
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