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Protecting Your Little Ones Against COVID-19

Contributed by: Dr Wendy Sinnathamby

COVID-19 – What is it?

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV. It originated in Wuhan, China, back in December 2019 at a seafood wet market that is known for trading live animals. It is currently the common consensus that the virus was contracted from the handling of meat or various wild animals sold in the market.

While COVID-19 has not been seen in humans before, it has been confirmed that it can be transmitted from human to human. Therefore, in this article, Dr Wendy from Kids Clinic @ Mt Alvernia will be sharing some protection measures you should take to protect your little ones from this virus.

Symptoms of COVID-19

If you or your little one have any respiratory symptoms,it is important to wear a mask

Less serious cases of COVID-19 are difficult to detect as they may present as a flu or simply a bad cold. The incubation period for the virus is currently believed to be anywhere from 14 days to 24 days.

Protecting Your Little Ones Against the Virus

If you or your little one are feeling unwell,you should seek medical attention as soon as possible

1. Avoid crowded and enclosed spaces, including indoor playgrounds, cinemas and shopping malls as much as possible.

2. Ensure your child practises good hand hygiene at all times, as the virus is known to spread via contact with the face, nose, eyes and mouth.

3. Avoid any unnecessary overseas travel .

4. Avoid large gatherings, such as at restaurants.

5. Avoid contact with family or friends if they recently travelled to China, for at least 14 days. Children have a weaker immune system so they are more susceptible to falling ill.

Unfortunately, it is still unclear how to completely prevent the virus from spreading but you should not be stressed or too worried. Ensure your little ones always wash their hands and keep a closer eye on them. If your child is feeling unwell, seek medical attention immediately and ensure a mask is worn at all times.

About Author
This article is written by Dr Wendy Sinnathamby, a General Paediatrician with more than 20 years of experience. Dr Wendy completed her Paediatric specialist training in the UK and is experienced in newborn screening, growth and development screening, emergency paediatrics, vaccination, travel advice and adolescent medicine.

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