What do we do about the corona virus and our children? Stop worrying and do what you can. Do not panic but do revisit health and cleanliness habits, as you should every winter.
Corona is really a group name for a bunch of viruses that cause colds and the flu in different forms. Most people have enough strength and antibodies to fight off these viruses. This is probably also true for the novel COVID-19 virus also, but the young, elderly, and those with other illnesses are more susceptible. More people die from the flu in the United States than there are from the COVID-19 virus. That being said, the novel virus has a 2.% death rate where as the common flu has a .1% death rate. The COVID-19 virus’s death rate is 20 times higher as far as we know. We do not really know the the total incidents of COVID-19, as many are probably not reported. The other bad news is that the COVID-19 is more contagious that the common flu. It can easily spread with sneezing or coughing droplets.
Watch how the novel virus is spreading. Do not travel to areas where the virus is being reported. Follow health guidelines recommended by health professionals. If the novel virus travels to your area, be careful to do as professionals recommend. Face masks are unnecessary and unhelpful accept for those treating people infected with COVID-19. Try to stay healthy and get your flu shots. Why? Because if you get the novel virus when you are weakened by other illness, it could be dangerous.
Practice good sleep schedules, good nutrition, and good exercise for yourself and your children. These have been discussed in earlier blogs. In addition, here are good health practices we should have and teach our children. Find these on most health sites.
- Regularly and thoroughly wash hands before eating, after using the toilet, after coughing or wiping nose, and after touching often touched items. Hand sanitizer is helpful but not as good as soap and water.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, including shaking hands, hugs and kiss.
- Try not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue and then throw tissues away.
- Maintain at least 3 feet from yourself and anyone who is sneezing or coughing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with household spray or wipes.
- Follow public health recommendations for using face masks ( not recommended unless working with the ill).
After all else, have faith that health authorities can control it and keep us safe. The United States has the best health care in the world. If you or your child have a high fever or trouble breathing, go to a health professional to get the disease tested. Do your part to help keep your family healthy.