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How to keep kids healthy during a pandemic.

Cases are skyrocketing again and more and more are schools reopening. Schools contain many students and adults in one area, so it is important to learn how to keep kids safe.


Basics

The CDC has several basic tips that you should already be doing.

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds (yes 20 seconds) with soap and water. Especially at school, make sure to wash your hands frequently. Maybe in between class periods. Washing your hands is preferred to using hand sanitizer, but if you need to, make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Anyone over the age of 2 should be wearing a mask. Make sure to switch or wash masks every once in a while.

  • Avoid close contact (6 feet apart).


Vaccines

Additionally, it is also important to go to well-child visits and vaccine visits even during the pandemic. They also recommend everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year by the end of October (with rare exceptions). Getting a flu shot helps to reduce your chances of getting the flu and keeps your immune system strong and prepared.


Mental Health

Not only is it important to stay healthy physically, it is also just as important to stay healthy mentally. Even though you may be locked up at home, make sure that you and your children stay active. Additionally, make sure to keep them socially connected with both friends and family especially if they are going all remote. It is likely that stress levels are high for everyone during these times. There are plenty of resources online that can help you cope with stress and understand your child's emotional state.


These are just some basic tips in order to stay safe in schools. To find more information, click here.



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