Talking to kids about coronavirus

Staying calm and being truthful will help lessen your child’s anxiety.

Children might be getting used to life with coronavirus (as much as any of us can, that is). But when they hear news about things like President Trump testing positive for COVID-19, questions and concerns about the virus can bubble up again. That can be tough to talk about, especially when you probably have just as many questions and concerns.

"Kids need to feel safe and not worry," says Katie Ryder, a family medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente in the mid-Atlantic region. "That’s our biggest role as the trusted adults in children’s lives, to help them do that."

Here are some tips on how to talk to your children about coronavirus.