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10 Do's & Don'ts of COVID-19 for Parents

on March 13, 2020

Covid-19 For Parents

Your COVID-19 Questions, Answered

You're seeing it all over the news feeds-- businesses, theme parks, major sporting events, schools, and even daycares are shutting down across the nation and all over the world to fight the spread of coronavirus. At Wunder, we've also made preparations to keep safe; and we're prepared to keep providing you with the right information at the right time. We care about our Wunder family and community so we did our research to bring you some answers for questions you may have. We've also provided you with some fun activities to bond with and entertain your little ones!

Is this really all that serious?

Yes, it is. Not only is this particular strain of coronavirus unusually dangerous, it has a long incubation time. That means someone can have it without knowing it, and pass it to others, for up to 2 weeks. That’s why it’s been spreading so rapidly in so many countries. By the time a few cases are reported, the true number of cases is much higher.

Should I panic?

No. As long as you take a few simple measures, you and your family should be safe. And while the risk of severe illness and death are higher than with most diseases, most people who do get coronavirus still recover just fine at home with rest and fluids.

What should I do?

DO Stay home as much as possible. 

If you have to leave the house, DO make sure you wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t wash your hands, DO use a hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol. DO also carry a small packet of wipes for things that get touched a lot, like door handles, or even (maybe especially) your phone. 

As difficult as it may be, DON’T touch your face -- or at least keep your hands clear of your mouth, nose, and eyes. 

DO listen to reputable sources, like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

DON’T believe anyone who tells you they’ve found a “secret cure.” Misinformation runs rampant at times like this, and several false cures have already gone viral, including chloroquine and “MMS,” an alleged “miracle solution” that’s essentially the same as bleach.

DO get a flu shot, if you haven’t already. It won’t protect you from COVID-19, but the flu is still out there, and staying healthy will keep you away from the doctor and/or hospital.

If you start feeling sick, DON’T rush to the ER. Call your doctor or local urgent care center first.

DO be prepared with whatever supplies you may need if you or a family member gets sick. You don’t have to stockpile -- just make sure you have enough Tylenol, cough medicine, soup, etc. on hand. If anyone in your family is immunocompromised or has a history of respiratory issues (asthma, pneumonia, etc.), talk to your doctor and make a plan, just in case.

My child’s school is still open. Shouldn’t I worry?

Only if your child is immunocompromised or at risk of serious complications. So far, children have otherwise been very resilient to COVID-19. It can be hard to follow hand-washing and other sanitation guidelines with small children, but if you and your child’s teachers are doing their best, the risk to your little one should be low. 

My child’s school is closed. What can I do?

School-age and older children might still be engaged in remote classes. If not, set up an account at Khan Academy or another free learning platform so they don’t start falling behind.

Please, stay safe, follow the advice of the CDC, and forward this blog to anyone you feel can benefit from this. From our family to yours, we’re a click or a call away to help you with every step (or crawl) of the way.

As for you and your little one, you have a new task: staying ahead of cabin fever! Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few activities you can to do while away the hours indoors with the things you already have on hand:

At-Home Activities To Play with your Little Ones

Tug of War (0-6 months): This activity can be done while your little one is lying on their back, tummy, or sitting up. Dangle a long toy like a stuffed snake or ribbon over their head or in front of them. Let them explore and touch the toy. If your baby doesn’t grab it, place one end in the palm of their hand, and guide them to close their hand around it. Take the other end of the toy and gently tug it away from your baby. They might let go at first. If that’s the case, prompt them to pull the toy towards them. Tug at it, see who wins, and have a laugh!

Mystery Box (6-12 months): Hide items in a container, empty tissue box, bag, etc. Ask, “Where’s ____?” and use the name of one of the objects. Encourage your baby to reach in and pull something out. If they pull out the item you named, say, “I found ____!” or “I see ___!” If not, say, “That’s  ____! Where’s _____?” The goal isn’t to get them to pull out the ‘right’ object just yet, but to practice their vocabulary and fine motor skills.

Fun Land (12-18 months): Turn your living room into an indoor playground for your toddler. Be sure to remove sharp objects and move toys to the side. Place cushions on the floor, turn storage boxes over, and see if your child can navigate this fun land course on their own! You can even use a riding toy if you have the space, or want to try this in an enclosed outdoor setting.

Meal Time (18-24 months): If your child isn’t already helping you in the kitchen, this is a great time to start. While preparing a meal, invite your child to pull up a chair to help you as you work. Give your child simple tasks to complete with you, such as washing fruit or vegetables in a bowl of water, or mixing pre-poured ingredients together. Model each task before allowing your child to do it on their own. When you’re done, practice washing your hands together!

Need more activities? Check out the Wunder app. This is also a great time to take a look at our new 12-Week Program -- and start building better habits with live personal support in just 15 minutes a day.

 

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