KIDS and Covid-19

Understanding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): 

iCAN understands that this is a unique time for many of our youth members and there may be questions about what living during the pandemic means for youth members and families.  To help provide answers, the World Health Organization (WHO) has explained that the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Most people infected will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.


The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about SARS-CoV-2 and  COVID-19, the disease it causes, and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands (Check out Jumo Health's Handwashing 101) or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. To help you with a fun song from kids around the world, check out this link by two brothers, Sparsh and ANUJ.  The virus  that causes COVID-19 spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).  In addition, many communities are staying safe at home by limiting contact with others. 

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. The WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.  

The American Academy of Pediatrics released an abstract for COVID-19 and Parent-Child Psychological Well-Being.  To learn more, visit:






The WHO has also partnered with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings to create a book aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old.  To get your free copy, click below.  

Thank you to our iCAN partner, Covance for sharing this insightful and thoughtful blog entitled "Understanding The Voice of Pediatric Patients During Covid-19".  From Covance: The COVID-19 pandemic forced a sudden shift in the conduct of clinical trials to ensure patients stay safe and retain access to their treatments. But how has this shift affected trials that focus on pediatric populations? To better understand the voice of pediatric patients, our team at Covance recently held an interactive, web-based workshop focusing on COVID-19 with young members of iCAN. This article discusses the results of this initial survey and highlights our plans for a more in-depth, global survey to better understand this demographic’s thoughts about clinical trial participation during this unique time.  You can learn more about the good work Covance is doing at their website  


My Experience

Meet two iCAN Youth Members and learn how one managed her medical appointments and another managed her diagnosis of Covid-19 during the pandemic.  

COVID-19 Learning


The International Society of Pediatric Innovation (iSPI), MI3, and the International Children's Advisory Network, along with multiple children's hospitals centered around COVID19 and it's affect on pediatrics. The speakers will be discussing how their hospitals are responding to the crisis, how they are reopening for business, what the landscape looks like for future supply chains and PPE inventories as well as a discussion aboutPediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). 


iCAN President, Leanne West, along with panelists, Ananya Ganesh, age 17, KIDS GA; Nathan Marohn, age 17,KIDS Illinios; Yalina Lopez (left), age 16, KIDS Illinois; Olivia Ohmer, age 16, KIDS Michigan; and Anna Stover, age 16, KIDS Illinois gave a first hand testimonial on the effects of being a child and living with a medical condition during a pandemic.


iCAN Leanne Sightings!

We're excited to see where she show's up next!


May 21

with Olivia Ohmer as she goes for a run near her home.

Houston, TX

May 21

with Regina Bustillos as she virtually leads the Pledge of allegiance in her virtual 8th grade awards ceremony!

San Destin, FL

May 28

out to eat at the beach with Heidi & Hampton Woods,  from KIDS GA where virtual iCAN Leanne enjoyed Jerk chicken lettuce wraps.

How can I hang out with Virtual

iCAN Leanne?

Houston, TX

May 29

Rhonda Bolin, BSN, RN-BC, CPN and iCAN Leanne staying safe in the halls of Texas Children’s in Houston!! Leanne has her mask on also!!


June 1

with Reece Ohmer having fun at home in her iCAN gear!

 Atlanta, GA

June 9

with the real iCAN Leanne on her front porch! 


June 22

With iCAN Director, Amy Ohmer as she reviews the first ever VIRTUAL 2020 iCAN Summit planning - be sure to register today! 


June 22

Virtual iCAN Leanne is spotted with Scott Koh as he fosters puppies during the pandemic.

Ann Arbor, MI

June 22

... and with Winston The Cat as he helps to keep iCAN running smoothly.

Marietta, Georgia

June 2

With iCAN Treasurer, Jon Haygood, his wife Emily, safely social distancing while still enjoying time with Virtual iCAN Leanne.  


July 17

Spotted with Mary Short, iCAN Advisory Board Member as she prepares to attend the #iCAN2020Summit to hear Mary's session with Eli Lilly. 


July 21

 spotted with Janelle Allen and baby Abigail, a future scientist safely social distancing at home in the library.

Cyber Space

July 17

 was spotted throughout the annual iCAN Summit as she introduced presenters from around the world.  Did you see her?  


September 1

 Our friends at Eli Lilly dressed up just like iCAN Leanne by wearing their iCAN T-shirts while safely and responsibly working at home.  Go Team!  

iCAN Make A Difference 

As the pandemic continues through 2020, iCAN youth members are actively engaged and involved with supporting their families, friends, and community through practicing distancing measures of staying safe at home and respiratory etiquette.  Here are a few ways that our youth have continued to find the positive, hope, and encouragement to #icanmakeadifference during this time.  

Woman with Mask

Wearing is Caring....

Kids around the world are doing their part in keeping others (and themselves) safe from Covid-19 by wearing a protective face mask.  

Masks come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and should be worn anytime someone leaves their home or enters a space with other people.  

To make wearing a mask more comfortable, artist Steve Barr has created a special coloring page for kids to design their own mask  Steve's special non-profit organization, Drawn to Help, encourages creativity for kids at hospitals around the world.  

To download your free mask coloring page, click the link below.  

Mask Maker