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Just a few months ago, the word “corona” conjured images of sipping a lime-topped beverage on a beach with your feet in the sand. Today, that very same word has caused a worldwide panic, driving people to barricade themselves indoors, inexplicably hoarding toilet paper while practicing something called “social distancing.”
The best way to keep your calm is to stay informed and practice caution. And stick with us! We’ve got you covered.
Symptoms and Statistics
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.
Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people should watch for the following symptoms, which can occur anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure:
• Shortness of breath
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The CDC offers these tips on how to best protect yourself.
According to the Department of Education (DOE)
As of Monday, March 16, 2020:
• Students do not report to school.
• Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch will be available at the entrance of every building from 7:30 am-1:30 pm. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building until further notice.
As of Monday, March 23, 2020:
• Remote learning will launch for grades K-12.
Does your child need a device for homeschooling? You can submit a request to the DOE here.
The DOE has created student accounts for all NYC public school students. The account gives your child access to Google Classroom and Microsoft Office 365.
• You can find step-by-step instructions on setting up your child’s student account here.
Resources for Parents
With schools closed until at least mid-April, parents are left wondering how to keep kids happy and entertained, and well, sane for the next few weeks.
Browse a list of free educational websites for kids to keep the kiddies sharp during the empty days ahead.
Check out a list of tips for students transitioning to homeschooling/distance learning.
Check out a list of 50 Easy, Fun Things to Do at Home from our sister site, NYMetroParents.
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