Coronavirus: What Families Need to Know

Coronavirus Information from the School District of Philadelphia Office of Student Support Services

Coronavirus One-Pager_English_Revised 2.27.20


Coronavirus is a virus that can be spread from person to person.

The virus that causes the Coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China.


Doctors and officials think people who live in Philadelphia who have not been to China will not likely get sick from the Coronavirus.

What Families Need to Know

For more information on the Coronavirus, please visit


How is Coronavirus spread?

Coughing and Sneezing

Close contact with people

Touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes


What are the symptoms?



Shortness of breath


How can you help protect yourself?


Wash your hands regularly with soap and water

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze -and wash your hands afterward

If you are sick, stay home until your fever is gone for 24 hours

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects

Avoid putting fingers in your mouth, ears, or eyes


Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

February 2020