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.

Symptoms

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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