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Autism and the coronavirus

Parents with a child or children with a disability are facing a challenging moment in regards to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. School closings, social distancing, businesses shutting down, sporting events and leagues on hiatus, along with health professionals saying enough isn’t being done just adds to the daily growing concerns for a family with a special needs child. As a parent with a child on the autism spectrum this is by far one of the most concerning times as a family with a child that’s non-verbal.

They can’t express if they’re not feeling well so constant monitoring of their temperature is imperative especially if appear to be not feeling well. They’re daily routine is disrupted leading to confusion and anxiety so engagement in creative activities like art, music even gardening is helpful with perpetuating academic and social development. Our son, Noah who deals with allergies, especially this time of year, has us on edge with every sneeze and sniffle and brings a constant concern with explaining to people in stores that everything is ok, he’s autistic, non-verbal and has allergies. How long will this last, how long will schools be shut down, businesses close and social distancing a daily practice? No one can say with certainty. So, parents with a special needs child or children stay woke, aware and continue to love unconditionally.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?



Shortness of breath

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

How can the coronavirus spread?

Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:

Through the air by coughing or sneezing;

Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;

Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;

Occasionally, fecal contamination.

How can I help protect myself?

Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.


If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

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