As Sri Lanka opens up slowly but surely under the return to normalcy plan, it is normal for you, as parents to feel a little bit anxious about the health and safety of your child. However, one thing that we must all remember is that just like in the case of any virus, COVID-19 cannot be eliminated completely. We will have to adapt to live safely and hope that a vaccination or the right medication is finalized soon. So as you begin to go to work and your children prepare to start school eventually, here are some pointers that we think that be of help to you.
Maintain the usual hygiene protocols
One of the main things that you can do would be to follow the hygiene protocols that have been advised.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, teach your children this as well.
- Maintain social distancing while going out.
- Do not go out unless required.
- If you do wear gloves dispose them safely and wear them only if needed.
- Carry hand sanitizer with you and give a bottle to your children too.
- Avoid mass gatherings as much as possible.
- Keep eating from outside to a minimum.
- Prepare balanced and healthy home cooked meals.
- Keep surfaces in the home disinfected.
- Disinfect packaged groceries, throw away any bags that can be disposed.
- Remove shoes outside the house when you come home and if you cannot take a shower outside, head straight to the washroom.
- All clothing worn outside must be washed immediately.
- Avoid touching face and teach your kids the same.
- Avoid unhealthy habits that compromise your immunity and your children’s such as smoking.
Keep your children informed
While you may think that telling your children about the pandemic is not the best idea and that it may scare them, letting them know how to stay safe when they get back to school will go a long way. As schools are not open yet, use this time wisely and teach them the best practices.
Stay alert but do not panic
Panicking will not help you or anybody else. It will also only worry your children. Make sure that you take the right precautions but also know that sickness is not something that fear will fight. Stay alert and make sure you are doing the right thing, watch news, keep your child aware. Stay relaxed. You and your loved ones will be safe.