What Every Parent Needs to Know About Coronavirus

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Coronavirus is dominating the news right now, and as a parent it’s a little scary. The virus, known as COVID-19, continues to spread across the country and around the world, and it can be hard to know what it all really means for your family. Here’s what infectious disease experts want you to know about coronavirus as a parent, plus what you can do to protect your kids.

Human coronaviruses are actually fairly common, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are seven different types of coronaviruses known to scientists, and most of them cause mild illness like colds, says William Schaffner, MD, an infectious disease specialist and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. However, three types of coronavirus can cause more severe illness. Those include MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and the novel form of coronavirus…

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