COVID-19 and Your Family

COVID-19 Pandemic and Your Family and Pets

In December 2019, a new respiratory disease called Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was detected in China. In the following months, the disease spread globally to all countries of the world — a pandemic. COVID-19 is caused by a virus (SARS-CoV-2). The virus primarily affects people, however a limited number of cases in pets have occurred following exposure to infected owners.

Prevention is the key to protecting yourself, your family, your pets, and your community. Resources on this page can help you better understand COVID-19, and protective measures to take from this virus.

Current Cases

Coronavirus Cases in the United States
Current number of cases found in the United States.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs about COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Find Answers About Coronavirus
Federal website of FAQs asked about COVID-19.
US Government: The White House, CDC, FEMA

Protect Yourself and Others

How to Protect Yourself and Others
Tips for how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Prevent Getting Sick
Steps to take to prevent getting sick from COVID-19.
Stop the Spread of Germs
Infographic of ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
What You Should Know About COVID-19 To Protect Yourself and Others
Factsheet with key tips to protect yourself, your family, and your community.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What To Do If You or Others Have COVID-19

How to Care for Someone Who is Sick
Advice for caregivers of individuals at home with COVID-19.
Self-Checker for COVID-19
A guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.
What to Do If You Are Sick
Steps to take if you think you have COVID-19.

Helping Children

COVID-19 and Children
FAQs about COVID-19 and children.
Help Children Cope with the Coronavirus Response
Tips for helping kids cope with coronavirus.
Iowa State University Extension
Talking to Children About COVID-19
Guidance for talking to children about COVID-19.
National Associations of School Psychologists and School Nurses
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Factsheet for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak.

COVID-19 and Pets

COVID-19 and Animals
FAQs about COVID-19 and Animals.
COVID-19: If You Have Pets
Information on the risks of spread between pets and people and what to do if you have pets.