Explaining the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020. As COVID-19 spread around the world, everyday life changed drastically. At the start, most adults were stressed, scared and uncertain; our children were as well. After a year of pandemic living, emotions have evolved into exhaustion, frustration and even anger. Here are some tips and suggestions for talking with children about coronavirus and COVID-19, including what information to share, what words to use, when to hold back, and how to calm their fears.