What Parents need to know about the Coronavirus.
With the news about the Coronavirus spreading like wildfire, it's hard not to start to slightly panic. As a mother with two kids my biggest concern is my babies being at risk, so I decided to do some research on the very limited data that is out there.
What they know?
So far we have learned the there are about 90,000 people infected with the virus and 3,000 deaths worldwide. Out of that number, 53% of them have recovered from it. In the United States there are over 100 cases that have been identified, and 6 deaths have occurred in Washington. While there is a vaccine in the works that has been approved for Phase 1 testing, it still will not be made safe for the public to use until about a year to a year in a half. Luckily, data shows that very few children have contacted the virus and none have died from it. Majority of children infected in China have made a full recovery within one to two weeks.
What are the symptoms that children experience?
It has been reported by Chinese doctors that children who have contacted the Coronavirus have displayed flu-like symptoms. Children who have been infected may have a headache, nasal congestion, cough, runny nose and diarrhea It is said that less than half of the children infected in China have had a fever, and many showed no symptoms at all.
What can I do to protect my family?
The coronavirus is just like the flu and is spread through droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Infection happens when a person touches a surface that an infected person has coughed or sneezed on.It is extremely important that you and your family wash your hands for 10-20 seconds after touching any public surface in the community. Look into those key chain hand sanitizers (you can clip them on your child's belt loop) just in case you don't have quick access to soap and water. Instead of handshaking, use a fist bump or elbow bump. Carry and use disinfectant wipes to wipe down door handles, grocery carts or anywhere you or your kids may touch. If disinfectant wipes aren't available, use a closed fist or hip to open the door if possible. Lastly, continue to monitor your local news for any updates or school closures.