Myths & Truths of the COVID-19 Vaccines
Excerpted from Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen’s weekly briefing on May 5, 2021: https://www.padistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Vaccine_Myth-Truth.pdf
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing 1) background information on several cases of a recently reported multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); and 2) a case definition for this syndrome. CDC recommends healthcare providers report any patient who meets the case definition to local, state, and territorial health departments to enhance knowledge of risk factors, pathogenesis, clinical course, and treatment of this syndrome. https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00432.asp
How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19
Families across the United States are overwhelmed with news stories and information about the coronavirus (known as COVID-19). It is important to teach children positive preventive measures, talk with them about their fears, and give them a sense of some control over their risk of infection to help reduce anxiety.
The National Association of School Psychologists outlines some tips for how to talk to kids about the COVID-19 here: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource
Guidance for Where You Live, Work, Learn, Pray, and Play
Community mitigation strategies for communities, schools, workplaces, and events. Actions that individuals, businesses, health departments, and community settings (such as schools) can take to slow the spread of COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
County Food Bank Information:
If you or someone you know needs food assistance, Feeding Pennsylvania and their nine member food banks, who together serve Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, can help to connect you with the resources you need.
Find the closest food bank to you here: https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank
Supplemental Learning Activities
20 Online Learning Resources to Get You through Coronavirus School Closures
Scholastic’s Learn at Home Website
Scholastic’s Learn at Home website features resources that provide children with 20 days of FREE articles, stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with you and your family.
Exploratorium Learning Toolbox
Are you having trouble explaining coronavirus (COVID-19), and how to fight viruses like this, to your kids?
Exploratorium is here to help, by explaining timely topics about the current pandemic, using their science-backed Learning Toolbox complete with hands-on activities and videos: https://www.exploratorium.edu/learn
Resources in American Sign Language
COVID-19 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in ASL: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvrp9iOILTQatwnqm61jqFrsfUB4RKh6J