How to Keep Your Child Safe From COVID-19 Disease
Coronavirus death toll has reached thousands, and as more than a million people have acquired the deadly COVID-19 disease in the United States alone, parents are becoming more and more vigilant about protecting their children against this disease. Fortunately, this coronavirus has been relatively milder in children.
Since this is a novel virus, there is still a lot that we need to learn, and research continues. However, here’s what we know about the virus now.
Yes, Children Can Catch the Virus.
No one is spared. This debilitating and deadly coronavirus can infect everyone including children. Kids can also transmit the virus even if they do not exhibit any symptoms of the disease.
Children Experience Milder Coronavirus Symptoms
Although kids are not invulnerable to the disease, they generally experience milder symptoms compared to adults especially those who are particularly at risk of developing serious or critical symptoms.
Data from China showed that 13% of children suffering from COVID-19 did not show any symptoms. Most children do not develop severe symptoms; however, they can be carriers of the disease and could infect other people.
This is why kids must minimize contact with people who are especially at risk including grandparents and other family members with co-morbidities like hypertension, diabetes, asthma, among others.
It remains unknown why this virus seems to affect kids differently. So far, this coronavirus has spared young children, with most deaths being reported in people aged 60 and up. But over the past few weeks, children are being admitted with Kawasaki disease symptoms, and the World Health Organization is investigating if this is linked to the coronavirus.
When Do You Need to Worry?
You need to worry if your child starts to exhibit these symptoms of COVID-19:
- Chills, especially with repeated shaking
- Sore throat
- Muscle pains
- Loss of sense of taste and smell
You should take your child to the emergency room if he or she exhibits any of these symptoms:
- Cold to the touch
- Looks pale
- Irregular breathing especially with grunting sounds
- Difficulty breathing
- Fits and seizures
- Blue lips
- Lethargy or unresponsiveness
- Crying inconsolably
- Rash that doesn’t disappear when you do the Glass test
How to Protect Your Child Against COVID-19?
You can help spread the virus by doing these everyday preventive actions. Make sure to teach your children to do the same:
- Clean hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap or alcohol.
- Observe social distancing and avoid people who are sick.
- Stay at home unless it’s necessary for your kids to go out.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces in your home.
- Launder their toys when possible and as needed.
- Limit time with grandparents or older people especially those with underlying medical conditions.
- Children 2 years and older are advised to wear cloth face masks when in public.
Watch your child for any symptoms of coronavirus, and call your healthcare provider if your child exhibits signs of physical distress. Talk to your children about the pandemic, and explain to them the importance of following these guidelines to keep them safe.