Harvard University issued a series of recommendations to go outside with children in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic. The author, Claire McCarthy, pediatric doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School synthesized in 7 points the most important aspects to think about when leaving the house.
In Argentina, children do not go to classes and have been serving isolation in their homes since March 15, that is, 1 month and a half ago, which corresponds to 44 days. In his latest announcement, the President Alberto Fernández claimed that anyone could make use of an hour’s recreational, non-sport, daily outing and in a space of 500 meters around.
However, lhe four main districts of the country clarified that they would not allow this flexibility. CABA, province of Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Santa Fe issued a historic joint statement in which they reported that they do not adhere to what was promoted by the President. Several other provinces also expressed themselves in this regard.
Going out can be a great idea for physical and mental health. But as with everything else these days, this activity should be done safely. What are the seven tips from Harvard University on what you need to think about when putting on your shoes and heading to the street:
The 7 tips to go out with the little ones
1- Be careful with what is touched when leaving or returning home. For those who live in single-family houses, this is not a big problem, but if you live in a shared building, be careful with things like elevator buttons and door handles that others touch. Play a game so your kids don’t touch each other, don’t come in contact with surfaces. How to do it? Pretend and make children believe that surfaces, including walls, are hot, and carry a paper towel or tissue so you can press those buttons and touch the doorknobs.
2- It is important to carry hand sanitizerIt can be gel alcohol, so you can wash your hands while you are away, if necessary.
3- Choose the best outdoor space. The patio itself is the best, but that is not an option for everyone. Ideally, you should go to a place where it is not easy to meet many other people. This has become a problem as many are heading outdoors!
4- Maintain physical distance while you are outdoors. The chances of transmission when passing near another person are quite low, but it is better to give the virus as much space as possible, and always keep a distance of at least 2 meters.
5- Just go outdoors with the people you live with. It is tempting to join other groups, neighbors, or family for a walk, but it is difficult to keep at least 2 meters, and children can have a particularly difficult time with so many prompts.
6- Do not touch things. What does this mean? Do not play with objects that can touch the ground such as balls, toys and other objects that may come into contact with the SARS-CoV-2. It is not recommended to sit on benches, touch posters or mailboxes or anything else. It is simply not known who touched it or when or if an infected person coughed or sneezed on them. Having the hand sanitizer, either 70% alcohol or gel, helps when children and others forget about these measures.
7- Always wear a chinstrap or face mask. This item must always be in everyone’s purse, backpack or purse, especially if maintaining physical distance becomes difficult. However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under the age of 2 should not wear masks for safety reasons, but everyone else should have a mask, or some other facial covering, on hand just in case.
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