How Teens Can Do Their Part to Stop COVID-19
Dealing with COVID can be scary and frustrating, especially when you feel like you can’t do anything about it. As teens sometimes you can feel like you don’t have the power to make a difference, but you definitely can. As a teen, there is a lot you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep the people you care about safe.
Check On Older Relatives
One of the best things you can do to help out is to make sure you are checking in with your older relatives. A lot of older people are feeling lonely right now because they aren’t able to spend time with their family, but you can help them to feel better by being there for them during this difficult time. It also can be fun for you to spend time talking to your grandparents and other family members that you might not be able to see right now. It may seem like a small thing to just check in with your older family, but it can have a big impact and make the frustration of the pandemic feel a little more manageable.
Wear a Mask in Public
It’s a pretty well-known fact at this point that face masks are an important part of keeping people safe during COVID times. Face masks are key to protecting those at the highest risk of severe illness. Remembering to wear your mask when you are out in public can help to save lives and is a pretty easy thing to do. If you are feeling especially ambitious, you could even make fun masks for yourself and your friends. Patterns are pretty widely available at this point and you can make a mask out of basically any material you’d like.
Remind Your Friends
One of the hardest parts of being a teen right now is that it can be hard to know how to talk to other people about their COVID response. Even if it seems like your voice won’t matter, it is worth your time to talk to your friends and remind them to take this seriously. It doesn’t have to be a long conversation, but by being an example to your friends, you can help them to make better choices. It is also important to remember that some of your friends might be high risk themselves, so it’s important to keep them safe.
COVID has made life a little more complicated, but even as a teen, you can work to make things better. The more you do things like the ones above, the faster we can all work together to stop this pandemic.