Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Quarantine Survival Guide :

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Quarantine Survival Guide
Why is this important?
Quarantines and social distancing are used to slow the spread of extremely contagiousdiseases. Without quarantines, the disease will spread rapidly and our health system will beoverloaded, to the point that we won’t have enough supplies, hospital beds, or healthcareproviders to take care of everyone. Quarantining also helps keep people who would not be ableto fight off the virus safe (people over 60, the immunocompromised, complex medicalproblems).

●It is important to maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others.
●Avoid playdates and gatherings both at your home and other people’s homes orenclosed public spaces​.
●Try not to go to public places unless for necessities like grocery stores or pharmacies.Watchung Pediatrics understands how difficult staying home and isolated can be, butwith the ongoing pandemic, it is very important that we all work together to keep ourfamilies safe. Now that your children are home, it may be challenging to keep themengaged in family activities. Here are some ways helpful tips for you and your childrento maximize and enjoy your time together.

Helpful videos:
●How do germs enter your body:
(video available for Kindergarten and 5th grade)
●How to sanitize your hands:
(video available for Kindergarten and 5th grade)

Take charge of your family’s emotional health
●Remember that this is stressful for both adults and children. Children responddifferently to stressful situations.
○Talk to your children○Remain calm
○Answer all the questions
○Reassure their safety
○Remember, it is ok to say “I don’t know” if you do not know the answer to aquestion

●How to manage your child’s anxiety about COVID:

●Your children are used to having a daily routine on a regular basis. The disruption in thisroutine might create emotional chaos.
○Use a dry erase board to allow flexibility
○Schedule a mix of education and fun activities to keep a healthy balance

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