The coronavirus pandemic is making headlines around the world and many of the media outlets seem to be causing more fear than necessary. While an important topic of discussion, rather than instilling fear in people, we need to provide information and advice that can help keep them safe. This is especially important when it comes to our children. Children can sense our own anxiety and this can cause fear and anxiety in them. The best way to avoid this is to talk to them and explain just what the coronavirus is and how they can follow some simple guidelines to stay safe and healthy.
With schools, nurseries and daycares around the world closing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, many children are asking more and more questions about it, leaving parents looking for answers. While generally harmless to children and healthy adults, the coronavirus can still create some serious health risks.
What Is The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
What is the coronavirus disease? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What Are The Symptoms Of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness Of Breath
Keeping Your Child Safe From The Coronavirus
Although the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) doesn’t typically affect children as severe as it affects the elderly and people who have weakened immune systems, you should still follow some precautions to protect them, and you, from COVID-19.
World Health Organization Guidelines
According to the World Health Organization, “you can reduce your risk of infection if you:
- Clean hands frequently with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow.
- Avoid close contact (1 metre) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.”
Protecting yourself and your family from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is as simple as following the above World Health Organization guidelines and being prepared with the knowledge and supplies you need to stay healthy and safe.
Contact Mighty Oaks Nursery
To learn more about school and nursery closures around the world and how to talk to your kids about the coronavirus, contact Mighty Oaks Nursery today!
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