COVID-19 Teen Resources

What is COVID-19? What are the symptoms?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. More information about COVID-19 is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Malaka Gharib with NPR also created an information comic zine about COVID-19.

What is "sheltering in place"? What is social distancing?

Sheltering in place means staying in your home and not leaving unless it is necessary.

  • Stay home
  • Only go out for "essential activities"
  • Stay 6 feet (2 meters) or more away from others
  • Limit time with older adults and others with chronic medical conditions if they are part of your household
  • Do not hold any gatherings
Social distancing is also "physical distancing". Keep your distance to slow the spread. Find out more from the CDC on social distancing.

How do I protect myself or others from getting sick?

Everyone should clean hands often, avoid close contact, and cover mouth and nose with a cloth face cover. (More info from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC])

Are you wearing a mask? A mask helps protect others from getting sick. Need to make one?
Teen Vogue has instructions on how to make sew-your-own masks, basic bandanna-and-scrunchie masks, and tie-dye handkerchief masks. Want to make a mask from a t-shirt? The CDC has a no-sew template. Make masks from even more materials you can find around the house with Dr. Jerome Adams.

Who is in the most danger from this disease?

  • Older adults
  • People of any age with serious underlying medical conditions

What else is being done to slow or stop the disease?

The City of DeSoto has issued an order to close all City buildings to the public. Staff is still working to provide service by phone and online. To read more about what this means, click here for the City of DeSoto's response. Health care, first responders, and other public officials at the county, state, and federal levels are also working to slow or stop the disease.

CDC Emergency Operations Center image

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) view of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) (Photo credit: James Gathany / PHIL)

What can I do to not stress out?

The Teen Mental Health website (Calgary, Alberta) has some great tip sheets!

KidsHealth for Teens lists 3 ways to increase positive emotions. Track your positive emotions. Increase a specific positive emotion. Create a positivity treasure chest.

Positivity Treasure Chest--click here for how to make one (KidsHealth for Teens site)

What can I do to help?

KidsHealth for Teens provides some tips on their Coronavirus (COVID-19): How You Can Make a Difference page.

  • Keep that social distancing going.
  • Wash your hands. Wash them well. Wash them often.
  • Keep surfaces clean at home.
  • Ask your family what else you can do to pitch in.
Create a hand washing poster with your favorite song lyrics using the Wash Your Lyrics poster generator. Share it with your friends and family.

What do I do if I am at high risk and cannot come into the library?

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