The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has compiled resources to help essential workers, providers, and families navigate the child care landscape during the COVID-19 crisis. While the state has aggressively mobilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, families still need child care as many return to work amidst the public health emergency.
Social distancing with children: Tips on how to stay safe yet connected.
Home care and precautions: What to do if someone in your home has COVID-19, is awaiting results for COVID-19, or has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat).
What to do if your child is sick: Tips for parents.
How to talk to your child about COVID-19: Offer comfort and honesty
Read more tips from KidsHealth here.
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Slowing the spread of COVID-19
The following tips are recommended for all, including parents and children, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Click on each tip to read more about it.
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Avoid close contact
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home. If you do go somewhere else, choose places where there are no other people around you. Whenever possible, avoid going into crowded places. If you need to go into a public place, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) away from people outside of your household.
More tips for social distancing can be found on the CDC’s website here.
Wear a Mask
You should cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around anyone outside of your household. If you have COVID-19 but do not feel sick, it’s possible that you could spread it to others unknowingly. When you wear a mask, you prevent this from happening and protect other people around you.
More information about masks can be found on the CDC website here.
Wash your hands often
Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important before eating or preparing food, before touching your face, after leaving a public place, after handling your mask, after blowing your nose, etc. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol (this can be found on the back of the bottle under “active ingredient”). Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
More information about handwashing can be found on the CDC website here.
If you think you have COVID-19
If you suspect that you might have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. Many counties have set up free COVID-19 testing facilities and most of them can be found on the WI Department of Health Services website here.
Go to trusted sources
Follow trusted public health authorities such as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization for the most up to date information and recommendations.
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