When possible, speak with children about the virus and explain why a mask is a safety measure for both themselves and others.
“My children are aware of what’s going on and they understand viruses and how they spread,” said Casey Noel Green, a photographer in Newnan, GA, with a 7-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter. “We answer their questions honestly when they ask and explain why things like hand hygiene and social distancing are important.”
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Casey Noel Green, Newnan, GA.
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