If you have been following the news lately, you will have noticed that there is worrying talk about a second wave regarding the novel coronavirus. Well, this second wave will come in the wintertime. It will begin in the fall and it could wreak havoc. Not to worry you, but there are some health experts that say, the casualty toll could be worse than we have seen so far. Why is this a concern on so many levels? Well, firstly, the virus is merely a strand of the flu. But, we also stand a high chance of getting the flu in the fall and winter. It’s a kind of double one-two punch. You could get the flu and the coronavirus at the same time. This is very dangerous. So who can you prepare?
Get a flu shot
Obviously, you should go about getting the flu shot as you normally would. For your children see a pediatrician who has a trusted history of giving flu jabs to children. It’s not an easy in-and-out job. You cannot walk into the office and then walk out after getting your children the shot. The doctor has to assess the health of your children. He or she makes sure that the strength of the flu virus is just enough to not make your children too sick but give them a lot of protection from the common virus. Speak to them about your concerns regarding covid-19 as well. The pediatrician will give you some tips on how to avoid the virus and also, prevent getting the flu. After all, the flu shot isn’t absolutely 100% protection all the time.
Practice makes perfect
Because you want your children to get into the habit of being safe, you should start these safe practices at home! Begin by having dinner at your dining table, with gloves on. These can be simple rubber gloves for the entire family, like the type used for cleaning, but it could also be dedicated surgeon’s gloves which are plastic and they have more dexterity to them.
You should also practice eating 1-2 meters apart. This is so that when your children go to school, they remember to keep their distance and never put their fingers into their mouths. If food from the plate lands on the table, do not pick it up and eat it! Practice really will make perfect, so start at home.
Safety among children
Your kids must be taught to be cautious about other children, but not in a mean horrible way they simply have to remember to stay their distance even while playing and make sure that they are reminding their friends to not put fingers into their mouths, and reporting any signs that someone might be unhealthy. Spotting the signs of difficulty breathing, excessive coughing, and general weakness of energy, are all things we can spot very easily.
Let’s begin to prepare for the fall and the winter, so we’re not caught out. Start by educating your children about the viruses and giving them flu shots.