Coronavirus Alert; how to keep your kids safe

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Coronaviruses are an extremely common cause of colds and other upper respiratory infections. These viruses are zoonoses, which means they can infect certain animals and spread from one animal to another. A coronavirus can potentially spread to humans, particularly if certain mutations in the virus occur. However, in the light of recent events the virus has caused panic among the world population. Kids and elderly members of your family have been said to be the groups that would be the most vulnerable to this virus, so here is what you could do to ensure that your kids stay safe.

What are the symptoms of this coronavirus?

The symptoms can include a cough, possibly with a fever and shortness of breath. There are some early reports of non-respiratory symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Many people recover within a few days. However, some people — especially the very young, elderly, or people who have a weakened immune system — may develop a more serious infection, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

How is it treated?

Scientists are working hard to understand the virus, and Chinese health authorities have posted its full genome in international databases. Currently, there are no approved antivirals for this particular coronavirus, so treatment is supportive. For the sickest patients with this illness, specialized, aggressive care in an intensive care unit (ICU) can be lifesaving.

It is likely that coughs or sneezes from an infected person may spread the virus. It’s too early to say whether another route of transmission, fecal-oral contact, might also spread this particular virus.

For kids

Make sure you follow the below;

  • Do not allow them to come into contact with persons who seem to be unwell, coughing or sneezing.
  • Make sure they wear a mask while outside the home or in crowded areas.
  • Teach them to wash hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Give them a hand sanitizer to keep with them and use.
  • Ask them not to touch their face with unwashed hands.
  • Teach them not to touch public furniture or walls etc.
  • Keep them at home if you are concerned

 

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