COVID-19: Orange Level & Red Level. What Does That Even Mean?

Published: November 30, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I keep hearing my parents talking about orange high risk and red high risk for covid. What does that even mean? I am so confused I just want to go to see my friends
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Dear COVID-19: Orange Level & Red Level. What Does That Even Mean?,

The colors that your parents are referring to are guidelines that were set up by the CDC to determine how much COVID-19 is being spread in a given area. Try to think of it like a traffic light. Green means safe, yellow means caution, and red means stop.

In terms of COVID, green means lowest risk because less than 5 people got diagnosed in the last 14 days. When it comes to orange (higher risk) it means between 50-200 people got diagnosed and red (highest risk) more than 200 people for diagnosed in the last 14 days. The current rate that COVID-19 is being spread is between orange and red which is why you hear your parents talking about it. Most schools find it safe to be open during the orange level, however, once it becomes red it is unsafe. One of the biggest concerns is that today we can be orange and tomorrow be red. It is very difficult to predict what will happen and schools just want their students and teachers to remain as safe as possible.

We understand how hard it is not to see your friends. Try setting up video chats with your friends, do a watch party of Netflix, or even a trivia game over zoom or a different video platform. At this time, it is very important to slow the spread of the virus and try to be as safe as possible. 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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