COVID-19 is making headlines all around the world. While COVID-19 originated in China; however, other resources mention it firstly originated from Italy or U.S.A, cases have been reported around the world – even in the United States.
Corona cases are increasing globally. You might be thinking you should be worried, and if you are a parent, you might be scared for your children and thinking about how you can protect them. In this following blog, you will find the answers to your queries, and it is from authentic sites like Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), not a myth.
The first question always came into our mind: what is Corona?
It is one of the largest family in viruses which infect people mostly through mild respiratory disease, like as a usual cold. But the other two coronaviruses cause severe disease which is mention down below:
- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) coronavirus
- Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-Cov) coronavirus.
How is COVID-19 Transmitted?
The Virus Corona spread by passing from person to person through respiratory secretions, the snot, and spit that may spread when you cough or sneeze. Specialists and Experts believe that the virus also spread through touching infected surfaces. For example, touching a doorknob or other surface which is infected by the person who touched or sneezed on it, then you might touch your face, you can catch the virus.
Is it harmful to children?
According to the Business Insider, a handful of children got infected through this virus, which contaminated more than 138000 and killed more than 5000 people.
According to a recent research article published in Nature Medicine shows in China, 745 children have examined in which ten children were identified with the virus, and all of them have mild symptoms.
Furthermore, the Medical Professionals of China released a list of the patient’s age group and shared the ratio of mostly affected and infected patient’s age group. In which 0 to 9 years old children have 0% chances to get infected by this disease if they are healthy and have a better immune system and as in a growing age, they can be cured and recover quicker than the other age group.
However, children can catch diseases and spread them quicker than adults. Due to their carefree nature, and they don’t care about what is going on in their surroundings. And why it is essential to take the safety precautions in the prevention of the COVID-19.
So as a parent you have to be prepared and active for your child especially, for the infants and babies, because infants and babies immune system is not that much persuasive compare to other age group children. Moreover, there is no confirmation of how deadly the coronavirus can be later for the children.
You might be thinking:
How can you protect your child from COVID-19 infection?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suggested parents should encourage their child to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through teaching them to follow the same things everyone should do to stay healthy.
- Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing)
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in common household areas (e.g., tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
- Launder items, including washable plush toys as appropriate by the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
- For infants and babies make sure, no one touches them without washing their hands.
- Wash their clothes separately.
These are the precautions, which need to be followed by the parents.