Published on March 25, 2020

Children and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mom showing child how to apply hand sanitizer

Additional Information

Follow this link for for developmental guidelines on working with children of all ages during COVID-19. For questions or more information, please contact our Certified Child Life Specialist, Jaynie Wood at jwood@sbch.org.

What does social distancing look like for your family:

  • Limiting Social Interactions: The key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 is to limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • To maintain social distancing remain out of congregate settings and maintain at least a 6 foot distance from others when possible.
  • Clean Hands Often: Make sure children practice everyday preventive behaviors, such as washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important if you have been in a public place.
  • Revise Spring Break & Travel Plans: Revise spring break and travel plans if they included non-essential travel.
  • Remember, if children meet outside of school in bigger groups, it can put everyone at risk.

The Why:

  • Information about COVID-19 in children is limited, but current data suggest children with COVID-19 may only have mild symptoms. However, they can still pass this virus onto others who may be at higher risk, including older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions.
  • Limit time with older adults, relatives, and people with serious underlying medical conditions. Older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions are at highest risk of getting sick from COVID-19.
  • If others in your home are at particularly high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, consider extra precautions to separate your child from those people.
  • If you are unable to stay home with your child during school dismissals, carefully consider who might be best positioned to provide childcare.
  • Consider postponing visits or trips to see older family members and grandparents. Connect virtually or by writing letters.

Content Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/children.html

Managing Coronavirus Anxiety

Woman, with hand on her chin, experiencing anxiety

While COVID-19 should be taken seriously, there are ways to manage the anxieties and fears surrounding it.

Manage Anxiety

Cottage CareNow

Man on his laptop using Cottage CareNow

No appointment needed. No waiting room. Connect with a member of Cottage CareNow's team of doctors and nurse practitioners online.

Treatment in 1 Hour

Hospital Visitation Policies During COVID-19 

Cottage Children's Medical Center

To protect the health of vulnerable patients and essential health care workers, it is necessary at this time for our hospitals to restrict visits.

Cottage Health hospitals are adhering to the Public Health Department’s current order to restrict visits, with limited exceptions based on clinical area. These restrictions help protect our patients, healthcare staff, and community from the spread of COVID-19.

Visitation Policies

Políticas de visitas

Healthy Coping During Isolation

Man with depression looking out the window

Having tools to manage isolation and stay healthy both emotionally and physically are essential through this community wide effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Managing Stress

COVID-19 - Updates

Microscopic image of coronavirus

Cottage Health is prepared to provide ongoing care in our community and has isolation precautions in place to provide care for this and other respiratory illnesses.

Learn More

SAFE Food Net Sites

Hands holding a tomato the shape of a heart

Foodbank Santa Barbara County is hosting additional food distributions in order to meet the growing need in the community caused by COVID-19.

List of Sites Near You