This will be different for every family. However, experts recommend maintaining a calm voice and keeping your discussion straightforward and simple. COVID-19 is a virus that spreads just like a cold. You can use this opportunity to remind them how to stay healthy by washing their hands and by playing, eating nutritious foods and getting enough sleep.
This article from the New York Times Parent Magazine and this article from the Child Mind Institute are both helpful frame for the conversation. NPR recently published this potentially helpful cartoon flip book to assist in discussing the topic with your child. Please reach out to your child’s principal or teacher if they are experiencing anxiety around COVID-19.