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Parents' Top Questions About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page was updated on March 2, 2021. Due to the evolving nature of the coronavirus pandemic, recommendations can change quickly. Please follow all rules and guidelines set by state and local public health and safety authorities. Reference the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for immediate updates on COVID-19.

As the coronavirus pandemic endures, emergency approval of the first COVID-19 vaccines has provided much-needed hope. Though this is welcome news, we can expect many more months of pandemic life. As consequences of the coronavirus continue to impact families and children in myriad ways – physically, mentally, socially and emotionally – it’s time to double-down on efforts to prevent the spread of the virus and help kids cope while vaccines are deployed across the country and globe.

We asked several of our experts to answer parents' common questions about the respiratory illness, what we can control and all the ways we can continue to prevent the spread while supporting each other. Here's what pediatric infectious disease and emergency medicine experts at Children’s Hospital Colorado, including Samuel Dominguez, MD, PhD, Chris Nyquist, MD, MSPH, Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH and Lalit Bajaj, MD, MPH, had to say.

What is the coronavirus?

The clinical name for the illness caused by this new coronavirus is COVID-19, short for coronavirus disease 2019. The virus itself is called SARS-CoV-2, and it's just one of many different coronaviruses. You may see all these terms used in the news.

This virus was identified as the cause of a respiratory illness outbreak first detected in China in 2019. With its spread to many countries, it became the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest on COVID-19

As time passes and scientific evidence comes to light, we’re learning more about the coronavirus and how it affects children and teens. Here are some of the most recent findings that parents should know.

About the coronavirus

Status of the pandemic

Getting medical care for the coronavirus

Impact on everyday life

Information from Children’s Colorado

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