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.

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 shows 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!

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.  

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