How to Explain the Coronavirus to Kids with Anxiety or OCD

Our kids worry about death. They worry about disease. They worry about germs. And even if they don’t worry about those things now, who’s to say they won’t start? So how are we supposed to explain the Coronavirus to kids with anxiety or OCD?

Struggling with how to explain the Coronavirus to kids with anxiety or OCD? Here is a simple and informative explanation that can reduce panic.


That can be tricky. But if your child is school-aged and doesn’t live in a bubble, they’re going to hear lots of talk about it. In fact, it seems like that is the main topic of conversation around the lunch table and at recess.

In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast episode, I explore how we talk about this topic with kids who have anxiety or OCD. 

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Also, in this week’s Kids Youtube video I am offering you some help with this difficult topic. I talk to kids and teens directly about what the Coronavirus is and how to not let panic set in.

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Other Resources on How to Help Kids Understand the Coronavirus:


Huffington Post: Coronavirus: How to Talk to Your Kids About the Disease

Unstuck: an OCD Kids Movie Resource Page on the Coronavirus

Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Huffington Post: Coronavirus Tag? The Pandemic has Become Part of Kids’ Playtime

Go Zen: Helping Kids Manage Anxiety Around the Coronavirus (Expert videos)

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International OCD Foundation: Talking to Kids About COVID-19


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