Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): What Parents Should Know?

Vishal Bhojane
March 11, 2020

What is a 'novel' coronavirus?

The disease triggered by the new coronavirus initially identified in Wuhan, China, has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) 'CO' stands for corona, 'VI' for a virus and 'D' for the disease. Earlier, this disease was mentioned as '2019 novel coronavirus'.

The COVID-19 virus is a new virus accompanying to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and roughly types of a common cold.

There exist a lot of myths and misrepresentations about coronavirus existence shared online plus how COVID-19 spreads, how to stay harmless, and what to do if you are worried about having contracted the virus.

So, it is important to be careful where you look for statistics and guidance. This interpreter comprises information and recommendations on how to decrease the hazard of infection, whether you should take your kid out of school, and protections to take when traveling. In addition, the World Health Organization has a valuable section talking some of the utmost frequently asked questions.

It is also desirable to keep up to date on transport, schooling and other guidance provided by your national or local establishments for the latest references and updates.

How does the COVID-19 virus spread?

The virus is transferred through direct interaction with breathing droplets of a diseased person (caused due to coughing and sneezing), and touching surfaces polluted with the virus. The COVID-19 virus may continue on surfaces for some hours, but simple sanitizers can destroy it.

What are the signs of coronavirus?

Symptoms can include temperature, cough, and dumpiness of breath. In more severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia or inhalation problems. More rarely, the disease can be serious.

Symptoms can include temperature, cough, and dumpiness of breath. In more severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia or inhalation problems. More rarely, the disease can be serious.

These indications are similar to the cold or the common flu, which are a lot more common than COVID-19. This is why detailed analysis is essential to confirm if somebody has COVID-19. It is significant to remember that key anticipation measures are the same regular hand cleaning, and respirational sanitation

How can I avoid the risk of infection?
Here are four safety measures you and your family can proceed to avoid contamination:

1. Wash your hands repeatedly using a cleanser, sanitizer, and water or an alcohol-based hand rub

2. Shelter mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used material instantly

3. Avoid nearby interaction with anybody who has flu or cold-like signs

4. Pursue medicinal care quickly if you or your kid has a temperature, cough or having trouble in breathing

What is a way to clean your hands properly?

Step 1: Wet hands with running water

Step 2: Apply sufficient soap to wash wet hands

Step 3: Scrub all sides of the hands including the back of hands, in between fingers and below nails.

Step 4: Rinse systematically with running water

Step 5: Dry hands with a fresh cloth

Should I wear a medical mask?

The use of a medical mask is suggested if you have got respiratory symptoms. If you do not have any symptoms, then there is no need to wear a mask.

The use of a mask alone is not enough to stop infections and must be combined with frequent hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, and avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

Does COVID-19 affect children?

This is a replacement virus and that we do not know enough yet about how it affects children. We know it is possible for people of any age to be infected with the virus, but thus far there are relatively few cases of COVID-19 reported among children. The virus is fatal in rare cases, so far mainly among older people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Proper care can prevent COVID-19 so follow the above-mentioned steps and keep safe, take care of family and loved ones.

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