You have probably noticed that your adolescent wants to know “why” before they decide to cooperate with restrictions imposed on their life. During this time when there are lots of restrictions coming their way to protect them from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it may be helpful to explain to your adolescent why the restrictions are recommended.
Coronavirus – From CDC.gov
I suggest you have a brief (3 minute) conversation with your adolescent about one of the following topics at a time. Encourage questions, but don’t talk for too long. They don’t like that and will tune you out.
- The Coronavirus is spread from one person to another in droplets of fluid out of the nose and mouth of the infected person. If the infected person coughs and droplets of fluid containing the virus fall onto countertops, clothes, cardboard boxes, or any other item, the virus can live on that surface for varying periods of time up to many hours.
What to do: Wipe off all surfaces with kitchen detergent and warm water. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water in case you touched a contaminated surface. If you touch your face after touching a contaminated surface, you might get the virus.
- The Coronavirus does not survive when it is too warm.
What to do: If you order a pizza or any food prepared outside your home, remove the wrapping outside and put it directly into the trash. Put the pizza or other ordered food in a 200-degree oven for about 10 minutes. If there are viruses on the food or from the packaging, the virus won’t survive the heat. Wash your hands before you enjoy the pizza.
- You can spread Coronavirus to other people, even if you don’t have any symptoms.
What to do: If you keep your distance of about six feet from the people around you, and keep your groups of friends to less than 10 at a time, you can protect yourself from getting the virus. What is even more important is that you stay away from family and friends who are 60 years and older. They are highly vulnerable to the virus. You could pass it to them without even realizing you have it. We all need to take care of the elderly people in our family and community.
Helping adolescents to follow the restrictions is going to be a big help to reducing the number of cases and being successful in saving lives.