We need to stay at home as much as possible, and if we go out, keep at least six feet away from each other. We’ve gathered resources and tips to help East Bay families. We’ve updated our events calendar with fun online activities. Find something interesting to do! Take a doodling class with an artist, watch a musical performance up close, or find what penguins do when the zoo is closed.
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How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus & COVID-19
Resources for Children We Love
NPR put out a comic book for talking to kids about Coronavirus. Depending on your children’s ages, you may want to check it out online together or print it out as a booklet or poster.
I also really loved this article by the Greater Good Foundation about How to Keep the Greater Good in Mind During the Coronavirus Outbreak (In the midst of our panic around COVID-19, we must look to each other to help us get through it). You may find that the article helps you reframe some of your worries into calm action so you can be more present with your family.
Additional Resources for Children
Habitot put together this list of resources and articles that we wanted to share, too.
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children
- Boston Children’s Museum: Cover Your Cough and Sneeze! How to Teach Kids to Cough/Sneeze into Their Sleeves
- Small people can have big feelings when they hear about scary stuff on the news. How to speak to your children about Coronavirus
- CDC: A video to teach your children how handwashing helps prevents the spread of Coronavirus
Local information resources during COVID-19 emergency
Local health officials are asking for us to shelter in place and not leave home except for essential services.
Find the most current information through the County and State Departments of Health:
- California Department of Public Health: covid19.ca.gov
- Alameda County Public Health Department: acphd.org
- Contra Costa Health Services: contracostahealth.org
Many, if not all, entertainment businesses are closed now to limit the community spread of the Coronavirus. Only essential services like health care, food service (grocery and many restaurants), and gas stations are permitted to operate.