Children and COVID-19

I want to post a couple of things about children and the COVID-19 pandemic. How to talk to kids and questions that kids might have. Its scary right now for anyone but especially for kids and kids with disabilities. These are all in the form of resources that I hope will in some small way help you, your family and especially your children about these times.

General Awareness

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) on COVID-19

Kids and COVID-19: What Parents Should Know via Yale School of Medical

Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis via Child Mind Institute

Supporting Children and Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Kids and Disabilities

OCD/COVID-19: Resources for Kids, Teens, and Families

Advice for caregivers of children with disabilities in the era of COVID-19 via American Psychological Association

‘I hate COVID-19’: Kids with disabilities struggle to adjust as schools close

National Center for Learning Disabilities on resources for COVID19

Are Special Education Services Required in the Time of COVID-19? via American Bar Association

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Short list of Pandemics in History

Thinking of disease constantly will intensify it. Feel always ‘I am healthily in body and mind’.

– Swami Sivananda

Without an adequate response, an epidemic can develop into a pandemic, which generally means it has spread to more than one continent.

Alan Huffman

I want to share some information on the history of pandemics. I know that COVID-19 is happening currently which got me thinking about other pandemics that happened throughout history.

First, What is the definition of a pandemic?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) speaking about the Flu it is a “worldwide spread of a new disease“. I am sure there is a lot more to it then that. I am in no way a Doctor nor do I pretend to be one. I would love to learn what others say is the definition of a Pandemic?

After some searching i came across a pretty interesting list of the worst pandemics in history, I know we can add more to this list. Here they are [1]:

HIV/AIDS Pandemic (at its peak, 2005-2012)
Flu Pandemic (1968)
Asian Flu (1956-1958)
Flu Pandemic (1918)
Sixth Cholera Pandemic (1910-1911)
Flu Pandemic (1889-1890)
Third Cholera Pandemic (1852–1860)
The Black Death (1346-1353)
Plague of Justinian (541-542)
Antonine Plague (165 AD)

Lets keep in mind that every pandemic is bad and that no pandemic is good. I wanted to just list a few of the historic pandemics that might give pause to what has happened in the past.

Here are a few more articles about pandemics that might shed some light on their history:

https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/pandemics-timeline

https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/worst-pandemics-in-history

https://weather.com/en-IN/india/news/news/2020-02-10-a-short-history-recent-pandemics

What pandemics do you see as significant pandemics in history? What is your definition of Pandemic?

Looking forward to hearing from you!


[1] Outbreak: 10 of the Worst Pandemics in History | MPH Online. (2012). MPH Online. https://www.mphonline.org/worst-pandemics-in-history/