Coronavirus family survival guide

By now it’s likely your family has started practicing some kind of social distancing, voluntarily or not. School plays have been canceled, restaurants are far less crowded, and places of worship have gone digital. I’m even writing this from my couch as my office in Washington, D.C., has been temporarily shuttered for a few weeks.

Then on Thursday, Ohio, Maryland, and Michigan became the first states in the country to mandate a statewide shutdown for all schools. And though kids might be thinking of this as a three-week-long snow day with endless playdates, parents are wondering whether that’s such a good idea.

Experts are too, and there’s a lot of puzzlement on how much social distancing anyone should be practicing. But one thing they urge is caution and common sense.