Reviewed by Nathan Rabinovitch, MD
Pediatric COVID-19: Causes
What Causes COVID-19 in Children?
The 2019 coronavirus is caused by exposure to droplets from coughs and sneezes or from touching objects that have been contaminated with the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest staying at least six feet away from anyone who appears to be sick. It takes about five days after being exposed to COVID for symptoms to develop. The incubation period ranges from 2-14 days. The CDC updates this estimate as more data become available.
Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. This helps prevent. the virus from causing you and your child to get sick. If you think a surface may have been infected, disinfectant to kill the virus. Get tips for cleaning and disinfecting.
Unwashed hands can spread germs to others. Teach your kids the importance of washing hands before eating, touching the face, after using the restroom, being around pets and coming in from outdoors. Clean hands with soap and water. Don’t touch eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands. Here are some new hand-washing techniques to make it more fun.
It is very rare for animals to transmit coronaviruses to kids. Read the updated information from the CDC.
The information on our website is medically reviewed and accurate at the time of publication. Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, information may have since changed. CDC.gov and your state’s health department may offer additional guidance.