Talking to Children about Illness and Death of a Loved One during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date of Publication
2020

In the midst of the devastating death toll and hospitalizations from COVID-19, the psychological effect of the pandemic on children has been sadly overlooked.

he overwhelming media coverage and barrage of public health messages sustain a high level of physical and emotional threat within our communities, which is intensely observed by children. Age-appropriate explanations are paramount to ensure children have a coherent narrative and emotional support for their experiences. This article offers some guidelines on talking to children about these issues.