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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Social Distancing with Children

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Social Distancing with Children

 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly spreading across many countries worldwide. Especially among vulnerable groups like children, the best way to contain the spread of this virus is to exercise social distancing.

 

What Is Social Distancing?

Social distancing by definition means putting enough space between people. For example, if someone is ill and there is no one around, the virus has nowhere to go. This makes it more difficult for the virus to spread and fewer people fall ill at the same time. It also makes it easier for doctors and hospitals to cope with those are already sick and provide them better care.

 

What are the methods of social distancing with children?

There are many ways to practice social distancing.  Here are a few:

  • Not going to school where many children sit in the same classroom
  • Avoiding restaurants, shops, movie theaters and others places people gather
  • Don’t have play dates
  • Not going to after school programs
  • Avoiding public transportation

 

How to help your children stay positive during Coronavirus

 

What Can I Do?

Coronavirus is still spreading rapidly.  According to Dr. Jonathan M. Miller, it is better to take the cautious approach.  This means:

  • Keep your children and other family members away from others as much as possible
  • If it’s a must to go out, keep a 6ft distance from others.  When others cough, droplets don’t travel so far.
  • Avoid people who are sick (especially with coughs and colds).  Even if you sense the smallest levels of a cold, and they look healthy otherwise, avoid them.  This can spread COVID-19.
  • Engage your children in activities at home that kindles their creativity

 

Why Are Schools Closing if Children Aren’t Sick?

Children don’t seem to fall sick with the coronavirus like adults.  But children who are infected can still spread this virus to others who can fall sick.  Shutting down schools, daycare centers and preschools protects everyone around us.

 

Can Children Still Get Together with Friends and other family members?

Children might catch the virus and spread it to others at home.  Not arranging play dates and getting together with other family members like aunts, uncles and grandparents over 60 years of age is important.

 

It is better to avoid other places like malls, movie theaters and playgrounds where many people gather and have equipment that many people from the community use like jungle gyms.

 

How to help your children stay positive during Coronavirus

 

What do I do to help my child cope with being home all the time?

We are all social beings. But having said that, it can be hard on young children to cope with social distancing.  It is important to note the distinction.  You are only helping your child stay away physically, but you can still help them connects with their friends and loved ones via Face time, Skype and Whats App.

 

If people do come to your home, make sure they wash their hands.  Disinfect and clean surfaces and doorknobs before and after visits.  If people do come into your home, make sure that everyone washes their hands when they arrive and leave. Also, clean surfaces that get touched a lot (like doorknobs) before and after visits.

 

Your Children Can Still Be Social

“Social distancing” is the key phrase, but in fact is “physical distancing.”  During this dangerous time, we need to find different ways of socializing.  This is a great way to take advantage of technology and social media, and video conferencing apps that still help us maintain connectedness with our loved ones.

 

 

 

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