Second Wave: Preparing Your Family For Autumn

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?

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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 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. This 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, 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.

4 Things You Might Want To Rethink When The Lock down Is Lifted

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, much of the world has gone into lock down. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re at home rather than work. In fact, you’re probably spending more time between those familiar four walls than you might have anticipated when you ushered in 2020. You may be working from home full time or have been placed on furlough by your employer until the lock down is lifted and life returns to normal. Still, at least this is a good time to make the most of your spring cleaned home and slow down the hectic pace of life a little.

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As stir crazy as you may be feeling right now, and as alluring as a return to normalcy may feel to you, we should all be asking ourselves one question. Which parts of “normal” are worth returning to? Because these recent weeks have shown us some ways in which a little change might just be good for us. For instance, you may want to rethink…

 

The businesses you choose to support

 

All over the world we’ve seen businesses at their best and their worst in response to the global lock down. Some businesses have done an exemplary job or protecting their employees’ jobs and helping them through this difficult time. Others, however, have unceremoniously let huge swathes of their workforce go without any support whatsoever, even encouraging them to seek employment elsewhere temporarily before coming back to them. 

 

We’ll all need to vote for a more ethical form of capitalism with our wallets when all this is over, remembering who has looked after their workforce and who has left them out to dry. 

 

Your gym 

 

The good news for the fitness conscious is that there are all kinds of workouts which can be done from home to keep themselves fit, lean and healthy while on lock down. Still, many will yearn for an opportunity to hit the gym. But were you ever really getting your money’s worth out of your old gym? Maybe now is the perfect time to look into an alternative like Fitness 19 which offer more for your money without keeping you locked into a restrictive contract. Why give more for less?

 

Your commute

 

Across the globe, we’ve seen a significant reduction in air pollution and more wildlife returning to our major conurbations, with fewer cars on the road and fewer people on the sidewalks. This may cause us all to wonder whether or not we should work from home even after this is all over, at least on a part time basis. Or maybe we might want to ditch the car in favor of cycling to work, at least for a few days out of every week. If you’re enjoying the current cleaner, clearer skies, you might need to rethink your commute. 

 

Your career

 

Finally, many of us will be reevaluating our careers and asking ourselves what we want and expect out of our jobs. When the gears of commerce return to their former speed, many of us might want to look into new career or even consider the path of entrepreneurship. With many around us falling ill and tragically losing their lives, those lucky enough to remain unaffected are slowly realizing that life is too short to waste in a job that doesn’t give them the fulfillment they deserve.

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