How to protect your family from Covid-19
Should I store Calpol?
Have some at home, in case you need to isolate yourself and can’t easily buy it. But the government is asking people not to stockpile. (See below.)
Should I store diapers?
People who self-isolate during the coronavirus outbreak will have the food and essentials they need, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, although supermarkets have questioned whether he skips the gun. He urged the public not to stockpile, stressing that there was “absolutely no need”.
“The very, very strong advice from scientists, doctors, is that people shouldn’t buy more than they need,” Hancock added.
How can I make sure my children wash their hands regularly and are generally more hygienic?
Young children are not known to wash their hands thoroughly, while those with teenagers know that hygiene is not always their strong suit.
Naturally, we don’t want to scare our kids into getting better at it, although at the same time parenting experts say we shouldn’t be shy about telling them about the virus. Even very young children will pick up conversations about it, and attempts to avoid the problem or withhold information will hurt their understanding in the long run, according to Dr. Zoi Nikiforidou, senior lecturer in early childhood studies at the University. Liverpool Hope.
“Help your child put some distance between themselves and the threat by giving information on how the coronavirus is spread and what we can do to help minimize the risk, such as using tons of nice bubbles to wash their hands off. hands “, Angharad Rudkin, clinical psychologist and consultant on the parents’ book What is my child thinking? advised.
You can make it fun for your child by agreeing on a song to sing along to while washing – ideally about 20 seconds long – so that they understand the importance of being thorough. (Singing Happy Birthday twice was suggested as an option.)
Should we stop our weekly swimming lessons?
Countries in Asia have closed swimming pools and other enclosed public spaces in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, which is transmitted when people are in close physical contact. But the chlorine used to keep the pool water clean helps stop infections, so there is little evidence that taking your child for a swim would be riskier than taking them to any other public space.
What should I do if there is a confirmed case at my child’s school or nursery?
Official advice to school leaders so far it has not been about closing schools but isolating individual students or teachers suspected of having contracted the virus, before calling Public Health England. However, some schools have chosen to close due to specific coronavirus fears.
If there is a confirmed case at your child’s school or nursery, staff will inform parents of the action taken and whether the school remains open.
Should we stop taking our children to see their grandparents even if everyone is in good health?
French citizens are now advised to avoid visiting their loved ones in retirement homes to avoid exposing them to possible coronavirus infection. In Britain, experts do not currently advise it. UK chief medical officer Professor Chris Witty said older people would be urged to avoid crowded areas or stay at home entirely if the coronavirus spreads. He stressed that retirees should not be advised to self-isolate at this time, but suggested that would change as the virus grows stronger.
“One of the advice we will be giving is that people who are older or who have pre-existing health issues have some degree of isolation from more public environments,” he said. “I think it’s more likely that we do. Giving advice to the elderly and people with pre-existing health issues to avoid crowded areas.”