COVID-19 Information for Parents
Updated March 20th, 2020
There is an overwhelming amount of information in the media and on social media about the new coronavirus, called COVID-19. Some of the information is credible and some of it isn’t, and some of it is out-of-date because information is changing quickly.
For the most up-to-date, evidence-based information for Manitoba please visit For the Public – Coronavirus | Health, Seniors and Active Living. Also, Shared Health has an online screening tool for the public as well as has resources for health care providers. Please check back often for the latest, accurate information about COVID-19 in Manitoba.
Talking to your child about COVID-19
Whether your child has talked to you or not about COVID-19, they probably have heard about it at school, through social media, or seen it on TV. Perhaps they have seen images of people in face masks or dashing for toilet paper. With no context this might feel scary and cause anxiety.
Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Limit your family’s exposure to COVID-19 news coverage, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
Are you wondering about how to talk to your child?
These sites have some good information on talking to your children about COVID-19:
- Helping children and teens cope with stressful public events – Canadian Paediatric Society- Caring for Kids
- Managing Anxiety and Stress -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Talking to Children about the New Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) -Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
For more information:
Visit Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living for up-to-date information at https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/public.html