Coronavirus Disease Outbreak – How Parents Can Protect Their Children


Coronavirus disease outbreak

Coronavirus generally is a family of viruses that mostly affects the human respiratory system, and it includes illnesses from the common cold to severe respiratory diseases like SARS and MERS. COVID-19 or Coronavirus Disease 2019 is also a severe respiratory illness, caused by a newly identified coronavirus. The novel coronavirus disease outbreak began in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It is one of the most infectious diseases spreading worldwide, with around 10 million COVID-19 positive cases and about 500 thousand deaths. Considering its infectious nature WHO in March 2020 declared novel coronavirus as a pandemic, and it is now what we know as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV2).

Coronavirus Disease Outbreak – How Parents Can Protect Their Children
Coronavirus Disease Outbreak – How Parents Can Protect Their Children

Coronavirus Disease Outbreak

The coronavirus disease outbreak in Wuhan showed an exponential rise in the city and later in the country and took around 4600 lives. This highly infectious disease spreads mainly through the droplets of an infected person. The disease affects people differently based on their age and immunity, with young children and older people being vulnerable to it. A comparatively healthy person may have mild respiratory illness and may recover quickly, while it can have severe symptoms for older people, young children, and people with some other ailments.

Some of the commonly observed symptoms of COVID-19 include common cold, sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, etc. Some of its scute symptoms are pneumonia, chest pain, etc.

How Parents Can Protect Their Child

Every individual should take proper care to keep themselves away from the new infectious coronavirus. Maintaining good personal hygiene is a fundamental preventive measure to protect one from the coronavirus disease outbreak. Parents should ask their children to clean their hands frequently using soap or an alcohol-based sanitizer.

According to the WHO, washing hands using soap and water or sanitizers kills the viruses on hands. Social distancing yet another significant measure to be taken to prevent the disease. It urges people to keep a minimum of one-meter distance from each other so that when one coughs or sneezes, the droplets may not reach. Parents can ask their children not to play outside the house in groups so that they follow social distancing. Moreover, parents should also teach their children the habit of covering their mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing. We should take care while taking children to coronavirus infected areas or people having symptoms like cold or fever.

Coronavirus Disease Outbreak – How Parents Can Protect Their Children
Coronavirus Disease Outbreak – How Parents Can Protect Their Children

Children need to be physically and mentally healthy during this period of the coronavirus disease outbreak. Parents should also take good care of children’s mental health and reduce anxiety by providing them with the correct data regarding the disease. We should provide children with healthy foods to keep them away from all kinds of diseases. Also, keep children active in some of the other indoor games or on some exciting learning activities. Parents can use video chats and phone calls to keep children connected to their friends and family.

Conclusion

Recent coronavirus disease outbreak has brought in a lot of lifestyle changes in everyone’s life. Parents need to take a lot of protective measures to hold children away from the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the proposals mentioned above can be helpful not only for children but for everyone.

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