The news changes everyday with updated reports of confirmed cases and recoveries. There are many different opinions on how to slow the spread of the virus, but we've researched some information to help you and your family transition into the school year.
Children are less often affected by the COVID-19 virus than adults.
Children do spread the virus more easily than adults.
Children often develop common symptoms of a cold with the virus, including fever, nasal discharge, fatigue, aches, cough, and stomach issues. Although, some may have no symptoms at all.
It was recently estimated that as much as 40% of those infected with COVID-19 display no symptoms.
We know that children spread the flu virus quickly through school and other activities, so it makes sense to impress upon them the importance of hand washing and covering their mouths if they need to cough or sneeze.
With flu season coming up, the importance of social distancing and proper hand washing techniques are absolutely vital.
Educate and encourage your children to adhere to mask mandates and handwashing procedures.
Practice at home.
Buy multiple masks that fit correctly, covering the nose and mouth snugly. Instruct your child not to trade their masks with friends, or wear others' masks.
Educate your children on appropriate removal of a mask by only touching the straps to the mask, not the cloth.
Check your child daily for signs of illness, including taking their temperature.
If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or above, they should stay home. The same goes if they have a sore throat or generally feel ill.
While each county and state make resolutions on when and how schools will open in your area, make informed decisions on whether to keep your children home or to let them go to school. Investigate the severity of the illness in your town.
Get your facts from the CDC website instead of social media platforms that often spread false information. Keep yourself updated regularly as situations can change quickly.
Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is vital at this point as the country buckles and businesses close. Educating your child on proper hygiene procedures will save lives.