Youth and Kids Q & A
The following questions about COVID-19 were answered by Premier Dennis King and Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Public Health Officer, during a live broadcast on April 6, 2020.
Questions about the virus
Have there been any kids tested for COVID-19?
Yes, so far 58 kids have been tested in PEI. None of them had the illness. Sometimes children may have different symptoms than adults.
Can dogs or animals get COVID-19?
Make sure you wash your hands after you pet your animals. There is a lot we're still learning about this virus so it's better to be safe.
Why did the virus come and why is it making everyone sick?
This is a new virus that developed from animals to humans, and it is making people sick because no one has any immunity to it and it spreads very quickly.
Why does the virus make older adults sicker than kids?
The virus seems to make people get fevers and coughs, and older adults are more likely to get pneumonia, and if they have other health issues, they can get really sick because their bodies can't fight it as well.
Will we all eventually get the virus?
We do not think everyone on PEI will get it, but we have to all be careful to keep the spread as low as possible.
What would happen to your body if you have COVID-19?
Some people have a fever, aches, pains, congestion, and cough. Some people get those symptoms and pneumonia, and their organs may not work as well and they may need to be put on a machine to help them.
How close are scientists to finding a cure?
There is a lot of research being done on treatments, and on vaccines to protect from this virus.
Questions about COVID-19 impacts
Will grade 12 students still be able to attend college or university in September?
Government is working with post-secondary schools so that graduating grade 12 students can be accepted to the schools and to figure out guidelines for the fall.
Will there be programs for students who may not be able to start summer jobs?
Government is working to find programs to make sure there is something there for everyone.
What about students who were hoping to get their driver's license or learner's permit, will that be delayed?
It's always important that new drivers have enough time to practice and get the experience needed to be a safe driver. Students will have to wait a while longer to be able to do this.
How are the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus doing?
None of them is sick. They are following all the directions and doing well. They are very good at physical distancing even at other times.
Questions about staying safe
Why do we need to stay six (6) feet apart? Why not two feet or another number?
Because usually when we cough or sneeze, the germs can travel up to about 6 feet.
How many more weeks until I can hug my granny or grampy?
Sorry, but it's really hard to know right now how long this will last. If everyone is really good at following the directions right now, it can be sooner than later. In the mean time you can stay in touch in other ways like calling.
Is it safe to play outside?
Fresh air is really important but you should only play with your own family. If you play with people from other families, then the virus can be spread to you or to others.
Why does everyone have to stay home, and not just the sick people?
Those who aren't sick might still be carrying the virus and not even know it. Also, when you are out you are more likely to touch things that have the virus on them, and then you might catch the virus.
My parents both work in health care, what can our family do to keep them and us safe?
Health care workers should wash their hands and change their clothes before they go home. Make sure everyone in the family is washing their hands often, practicing physical distancing, and staying home as much as possible.
In addition to washing your hands, staying home, physical distancing - what else can kids do?
Keep doing those things. Remember not to touch your face. Don't stop doing all those things, even though it's getting tiring. It's very important.