COVID 19 INFORMATION
FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. People with COVID-19 report a variety of symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Anyone can get COVID-19. However, people 60 years and older and people with medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk of getting seriously sick with COVID-19.
A person with COVID-19 is contagious and can start spreading it to others starting 48 hours (2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive.
Slow the Spread of COVID-19
While we are waiting for COVID-19 vaccine to be available for everyone in the U.S., CDC recommends that everyone take these actions to help slow the COVID-19.
Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you, particularly in crowded areas. Avoid indoor spaces as much as possible, particularly ones that aren’t well ventilated.
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
Now that there are authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, accurate vaccine information is critical.
Below are links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines page for the most up-to-date information about the COVID-19 vaccines.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has many questions and answers about COVID-19 Vaccines. Click here to go to the CHOP COVID-19 Vaccine Education Center
Where and When can I get Vaccinated?
Phase 1-A is happening now, which means vaccine is available for health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities and these high priority groups: EMS, fire and law enforcement who serve as first responders, primary care, urgent care, college/university student health center, K-12 health clinics and school nurses, dental clinics, pharmacies, home health, private care/personal care, hospice care, dialysis centers, correctional staff involved in patient care and transfer, morticians/funeral home staff involved in direct contact or conducting transports and blood donation centers.
Who’s getting the vaccine next?
The first groups in Phase 1-B will be eligible to get the vaccine beginning on Jan. 18. These groups are Arkansans 70 or older and education workers including K-12, child care and higher ed. Additional groups will be eligible in 1-B as supply increases.
The chart below details the plans for Phases 1-B and Phase 1-C.
Where can you get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Click here for a list of 1-A and 1-B pharmacies by pharmacy, city or county.
Some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are similar. Know your symptoms. If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or develop symptoms, please seek medical advice.
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has created this infographic to help stop the spread of the flu and COVID-19.