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COVID-19: Myth vs. Fact

Author: CHKD Medical Group, Dr. Melissa Horton
Published Date: Monday, October 26, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread and the height of flu season is right around the corner, knowing the difference between myths and facts of COVID-19 can not only help slow the spread of the virus but of misinformation as well.

MYTH: Children cannot be infected with the virus.

Typically, healthy children who have contracted the virus will have mild to no symptoms. Children with underlying medical conditions and infants, however, can become severely ill from COVID-19. Generally speaking, children 2 years and older should wear a mask.

FACT: COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person.

Respiratory droplets from coughs, sneezes, or saliva of an infected person are the main contributors to the spread of COVID-19. Healthy people can inhale these droplets, which can lead to infection.

MYTH: A vaccine for COVID-19 is available.

While there are many trial versions of a vaccine for COVID-19, none are ready for distribution.

FACT: A person can have and spread COVID-19 without showing symptoms.

In places where distancing from those who don’t live in your household is difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, it is important to wear a mask to protect yourself and others.

MYTH: Children can’t spread COVID-19.

Children can and do spread the coronavirus to others. It’s important that children follow the same guidelines as adults, such as wearing masks, keeping at least 6 feet away from anyone outside of their household, and washing their hands. The CDC recommends encouraging children to practice these everyday preventive behaviors.

FACT: Fever and cough are not the only symptoms of COVID-19.

While children may have milder symptoms than adults, their symptoms are similar. Fever and cough are common symptoms of COVID-19, but shortness of breath, chills and shaking, headache, sore throat, loss of taste and smell are also symptoms of the virus.

MYTH: Wearing a mask makes it harder for a child to breathe.

Cloth face masks are made of breathable material that will not block the oxygen your child needs. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, cloth face coverings do not affect your child’s ability to learn or focus in school and the vast majority of children can safely wear a face covering for an extended period of time, such as at school or child care. Additionally, cloth face coverings do not interfere with a child’s lung development, nor do they trap the carbon dioxide that we breathe out. See more mask myth busters here.

Wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing our hands are our greatest defenses when it comes to COVID-19. If you think your child has been exposed to the coronavirus, call your pediatrician. Visit our COVID-19 section for additional information.

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