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Parents' Top Questions About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page was updated on Dec. 10, 2020. Due to the shifting 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.

With the new coronavirus in the spotlight, we asked several of our experts to answer parents' common questions about the respiratory illness. 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, along with some new FAQs.

About the coronavirus

Status of the pandemic

Getting medical care for the coronavirus

Impact on everyday life

Coping with the pandemic

Information from Children’s Colorado

Additional resources for coronavirus information

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