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How to talk to your kids about the coronavirus, even if you’re feeling anxious

February 28, 2020

This global health crisis can be particularly anxiety-provoking for children due to the sheer amount of information they’re exposed to. Alarming news reports, constant updates on social media, and rumors are essentially inescapable.

For children, it’s particularly panic-inducing, since they may struggle to distinguish myths from facts.

Exposure to constant updates about coronavirus can be particularly damaging to children.

“The social and media environment around them has changed dramatically,” Dr. Mark Reinecke, clinical director of the Child Mind Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area, told Business Insider. “There’s just a lot more information available in real time.”