Some of the highlights from the interview with Jenn and Dr. King are as follows:
-There hasn’t been a pandemic like this in a long time. The medical community doesn’t have all the answers yet.
-For healthy individuals who get COVID-19, their symptoms might be minor.
-As tests become more easily available, the number of cases may go up quickly. However, the mortality rate may go down as milder cases are identified.
-Social distancing is helpful and necessary to help those who are elderly and/or immunocompromised.
-Make memories with your kids during this challenging time. Show kindness.
Some of the highlights from discussion between Heather and Jenn are as follows:
-Stick to the truth but don’t blow it out of proportion. In my professional opinion it’s even wise to tell your three-year-old in a developmentally appropriate way what is going on. Even something simple like, “Some people are getting sick, so we are going to wash our hands extra today to get rid of germs,” is helpful.
-Remind your kids of what you are doing to keep them safe.
-Check in with your kids frequently about how they are feeling and ask a lot of open ended questions. It’s okay to say that you don’t know all of the answers.
-Be mindful of your conversations with others that you are having in front of your kids. Even if your kids don’t completely understand what you are talking about, they can easily read your tone and body language. If you can stay calm it will help them to stay calm.
-Be careful of watching the news in front of your kids.
-Creating schedules will help everyone feel more secure and stable.