The COVID-19 outbreak changed our lives as we know it. It’s particularly hard on families with young children. Your kids might not fully understand the situation and its long-term implications, and the best thing you can do is make sure they’re following the guidelines that reduce the likelihood of getting infected.
If parenting has been particularly challenging because of the pandemic, consider our advice.
Start with the Basics: Take All Safety Precautions Stated by the WHO
Your first priority is to protect yourself and your family from the spread of COVID-19. Pay attention to the World Health Organization’s list of precautions to minimize the risk of getting infected or being an asymptomatic carrier of the coronavirus:
- Kill viruses by regularly washing your hands with soap and water. Alternatively, regularly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid all unnecessary contact. If you have to go out for errands or essential work trips, observe a 6-feet distance between yourself and others.
- Don’t bring your family to crowded places even when stay-at-home orders have been lifted. There still isn’t a vaccine to protect you from the virus.
- Make sure your family follows good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Be mindful about not touching your face unless your hands are clean. The hands touch many surfaces that might be contaminated with viruses.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to have KN95 face masks on hand. This way, you have additional protection every time you need to go out and interact with other people.
Debunk All Myths: Don’t Believe Everything You Read on the Internet
Everyone’s free to speak their mind and give their opinion on the internet. But that doesn’t mean that everything you read and hear online is correct. Get the facts straight before they affect your household:
- The medical field currently hasn’t found medicines to treat or prevent COVID-19. There is no proof that drugs like hydroxychloroquine can cure it.
- Adding garlic and hot peppers to your meals won’t cure or prevent COVID-19. It helps to maintain a balanced diet, though. This boosts the immune system.
- The coronavirus can’t be transmitted through house flies or mosquitoes. Instead, be wary about people who don’t cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.
- Spraying bleach into your body, or drinking it, won’t protect you from the virus. Doing this is more harmful to your body because bleach can be poisonous.
- Sun exposure and hot baths don’t prevent you from catching the virus. It can spread regardless of the weather or the temperature of your bath or shower.
Regularly check the myth busters section of the WHO website to verify anything you read online.
While we’re on the topic of the internet, it might be helpful to cut down news and social media exposure. It’s important to be aware of the latest coronavirus updates but hearing about them 24/7 might do more harm to your mental and emotional well-being. Set aside time for the news and focus more on spending time with your family, exploring your hobbies, and working when you can.
Pay Attention to Your Kids: Determine How They’re Coping with It
Local and national health authorities are continually giving updates about the COVID-19 situation. But even though your family isn’t directly affected by the virus, you still have to pay attention to its effects on mental and emotional health. Quarantine and social distancing might be hard on your kids.
Establish a daily routine for the entire household. Encourage your kids to talk freely and voice out their concerns. Behave in the way you want them to behave. Finally, keep them occupied and let them know that while there currently aren’t solutions to the situation, there eventually will be.
Contact us for more information about protecting your family during the pandemic.