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Protecting Your Kids From COVID-19 — What The Experts Are Saying

by | March 17, 2020

As COVID-19 has become a global pandemic, worries for our loved ones increase — and, for many parents and gaurdians around the world, children are no exception.

While at this time, children do not appear to be at an elevated risk of contracting the virus, there have been cases of children and infants getting sick with it. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a Q&A guide for parents regarding the novel coronavirus, but the short answer for parents looking to protect their children is to make sure they are taking the same precautions as anyone else. 

The CDC also advises parents to launder items such as washable plush toys and to disinfect what they describe as “high-touch” surfaces. 

Precautions Everyone Should Take

According to the World Health Organization, you should wash your hands often, employ social distancing, and avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. 

When coughing or sneezing you should also cover your mouth with your elbow or a tissue rather than your hand — you should dispose of the tissue immediately without letting it touch any surfaces. 

The WHO also recommends staying at least one metre away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing, as well as seeking medical attention if you have a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. 

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Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing (fizkes/shutterstock.com)

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Minimizing Fear

In an earlier post, the CDC discussed how to talk to your children about COVID-19 while minimizing any anxiety it might cause. 

Some of its suggestions include remaining calm, making time for their questions and concerns, avoiding language that might stigmatize others, and staying vigilant about what they might be seeing or hearing in the media — social or conventional.

A Warning On Anti-Inflammatories 

As reported by Al Jazeera, French Health Minister Olivier Veran took to Twitter to warn the public that taking anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen could weaken your immune-system and warned against taking them if you suspect you have contracted COVID-19. 

Veran said anti-inflammatories could “aggravate the infection” and recommended that people take paracetamol if they have a fever. He counselled anyone who needs to take anti-inflammatories for other reasons to speak with their doctors. 

Going forward, the WHO also recommends that everyone stay tuned for updates from their healthcare providers, and public health authorities. 

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