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Tips for parents - Keeping teens safe during COVID-19

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Are you struggling with how to talk to your teenager about staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic?

No doubt, many teenagers are missing school, hanging out with their friends and enjoying extracurricular activities. As provincial and local government restrictions begin to loosen and the weather becomes more ideal for getting outside, you may be wondering if they are staying safe when they leave the house.

Consider this, to protect yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic, members in your household, young or old should be seen as one single individual unit – meaning, if one person puts themselves at risk, everyone in the household is at risk.

When young people get infected, they can bring these infections into their families. And children are just as likely to acquire these infections from young people as are adults, not to mention the devastating consequences to elderly folks in the family.

As a general rule, anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes at a 2-metre distance from a case becomes the close contact for contracting COVID-19.

Remember, the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to continue to practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene.

Here are a few tips to discuss with teens as we navigate through this global pandemic and continue our efforts to protect one another.

Graphic showing Low Risk, Moderate Risk, Higher Risk and Highest Risk. All outlined below

Low risk

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Connect with friends online
  • Greet family and friends from a distance
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well or sick

Moderate risk

  • Take a bike ride or go for a walk
  • Remember to keep 2-meters physical distance when you visit a friend
  • Wear a two-layer non-medical face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Keep driveway or lawn chair visits at a 2-meter distance

Higher risk

  • Stay 2 meters a part from others (even your loved ones)
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Pack a snack or drink to avoid sharing food or drinks with friends
  • Avoid touching shared surfaces

Highest risk

  • Stay 2 meters a part
  • Wash your hands
  • Pack a snack or drink to avoid sharing food or drinks with friends
  • Wear a two-layer non-medical face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Avoid touching shared surfaces

To learn more about York Region’s response to COVID-19, please visit york.ca/covid19


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