The evidence suggests that children are not at increased risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have become sick with COVID-19, most known COVID-19 cases to date involve adults. People with serious underlying medical conditions (moderate/severe asthma, HIV-positive, immunosuppressed due to cancer therapy etc) are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
No. However, children with COVID-19 have generally presented with milder symptoms.
Teach your child to do the same things everyone should do to stay healthy – eg avoiding sick individuals, coughing/sneezing into napkins or elbows, washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, using alcohol-based hand sanitisers if soap and water is not readily available. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (doorknobs, light switches, tabletops etc) and, if appropriate, launder items in accordance with the manufacturers instructions (including washable plush toys). Note that dirty laundry from someone who is ill can be washed with other people’s items.
Create a household plan of action. Ensure that the people involved in your plan are aware of their role in it. Ensure that family members with pre-existing health conditions can get access to their medications (several weeks’ worth). Create a list of local organisations and emergency contacts that you and your household can contact.