| Why (most) kids have a better shot: An early study from China shows more than 90 percent of pediatric cases involving coronavirus present as moderate, mild, or without symptoms entirely. That’s not to say that kids don’t get infected at the same rate as adults—they do. Caveats before you let those kids loose: children are getting sick; some have underlying health conditions that make it worse; a few have died; and many kids, unencumbered, would carry the virus to more vulnerable adults and kids.
Does that mean I still have to eat my vegetables? Experts say yes, kids. Keeping immune systems at their highest levels is more important than ever, writes Nat Geo’s Christine Dell’Amore. Thankfully, “kids already tend to have healthier routines than their parents do,” says Laura Gray, a clinical psychologist at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. So, parents, no peanut butter breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the kids—or for you!
If animals can do it, you can: Social distancing, that is. Some animals stay more than six feet away from perceived health threats precisely to keep sickness at bay, Nat Geo’s Sydney Combs reports. Some species, like chimps and honeybees, get aggressive to keep away intruders seen as health risks.
Family discussion (or not): 1. Is it time for a pet? Shelter adoptions are off the charts as we hunker down for the long haul. … 2. Is it time for an animal webcam? Here’s what Animals editor Rachael Bale recommends right now: “If it's the middle of the workday, and I need a moment to clear my head—Monterey Bay Aquarium's jelly cam, for sure,” Rachael says. “If I could use a smile, I'd go to the feed of senior dogs at Old Friends sanctuary.” Here are more ideas.