How To Protect Your Family From Coronavirus
At Ready, Set, Food!, we’re here to empower parents with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their family’s health. In keeping with this, we’d like to provide some updates on Coronavirus and how you can help protect your family.
Coronavirus: What Parents Need To Know
Impact on the US
As of March 9, there are 35 states with reported cases. (View a map of current cases here.) As of now, below is an overview of the current impact on the US:
- Total cases: 423
- Total deaths: 19
- States reporting cases: 35 (includes District of Columbia)
What Do Symptoms Look Like
According to the CDC, symptoms of Coronavirus can include:
- Shortness of breath
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks after initial exposure.
Who’s At Risk
Although Coronavirus spreads at about the same rate as the flu, it is so far less fatal. For kids especially, the Coronavirus poses a minor threat. According to the WHO, for children under the age of 18, “there is a relatively low attack rate in this age group.”
Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness.
How To Protect Your Family
Here's what you can do to protect your family and avoid illness, according to the CDC:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe."
How To Talk To Your Children About Coronavirus
According to the National Association of School Nurses, here are some important tips on how to talk to your children and help reduce their anxiety.
- Remain calm and reassuring
- Make yourself available
- Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible
- Be honest and accurate.
- Know the symptoms
- Review and model basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices for protection