2020 has been a year like no other. With the coronavirus outbreak dominating the airwaves, the way we used to live our day to day life has changed for the foreseeable. If you’re a parent, you may have all sorts of worries and concerns for your child’s health and wellbeing during the pandemic.
Your home should be a sanctuary that promotes peace and relaxation, rather than fear and distress. So, here are some smart tips that can help reduce the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus.
Clean and Disinfect Surfaces
There are all kinds of frequently touched surfaces in a home. Whether it’s door handles, kitchen cabinets, or work stations, you must make sure that they’re regularly cleaned and disinfected. If you have young children, they can get dirty very quickly and run riot around your home. So, make sure you get into the habit of regularly cleaning. It’s recommended to use disinfectant products that contain alcohol or bleach, rather than using natural products like white vinegar.
While it isn’t currently clear how long the coronavirus can survive on fabric, some items of clothing have metal and plastic elements that may cause it to live on your garments for several hours or even days. This means that you should be cautious when doing laundry and apply common sense. If you live as a family unit, you need to teach your kids to remove their shoes when arriving home. For those that need to use laundry facilities outside of the property, there are precautionary measures you can take, such as going at less busy times and maintaining social distancing.
Handle and Prepare Food Carefully
Although there isn’t any evidence of individuals catching the coronavirus from food or food packaging, there is the possibility that you can become infected by the virus by touching contaminated objects or surfaces and touching your face. When going grocery shopping, make sure you bring a bottle of hand sanitizer with you that can add an extra layer of protection. If you pick up food, your mind will be put at ease that the chances of you contracting the virus will be significantly reduced.
Wash Your Hands
We all must do our part in the fight against COVID-19. So, make sure you and your children wash your hands regularly with soap and water. If you’re out and about, all public restrooms will have adequate facilities that you can use to keep you and others protected from the coronavirus. If you’re having difficulty reminding your children, you can make the process fun, such as by singing a song while they wash their hands.
Practice What You Preach
As a parent, your child will copy your actions more than you think. As they go back to school, there will be a range of safety measures in place to keep your little ones safe, such as by having sneeze guards installed and social distancing. This means that you should take action too once they’re out of the classroom and demonstrate the importance of washing your hands and keeping others safe.
Keeping your home a COVID-free zone can be achieved if you know what steps to take. Whether it’s regularly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, or washing your hands regularly, there are lots of strategies you and your children can follow to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.