COVID-19 Advice

Across the world, due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), children are affected by physical distancing, quarantines and nationwide school closures.

Some children and young people may be feeling more isolated, anxious, bored and uncertain. They may feel fear, and grief, over the impact of the virus on their families.

Working with our parents and teachers, Brainfield school will bring you content to help open the world of isolation. Watch out for resources and ideas to support parents and projects that will engage children in understanding the coronavirus, the challenges it brings to their world, and what can be done to protect them.

We will also introduce children to create content that will entertain and provide a much-needed escape into the fun and magical worlds of imagination. Keep watching Brainfield Guides.

Paretns' Corner

Every parent has questions about coronavirus (COVID-19). You probably have many of your own. Here are answers to some common questions about coronavirus.

At the end of 2019, a new type of coronavirus began making people sick with flu-like symptoms. The illness is called coronavirus disease-19 — COVID-19 for short. The virus spreads easily and has now affected people in many countries.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) causes a fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Some people have a sore throat. Symptoms are a bit like those people have with a cold or the flu. The virus can be more serious in some people, especially if they are sick or have health problems.

People can catch coronavirus from others who have the virus. Most often, this happens when an infected person sneezes or coughs, sending tiny droplets into the air. These can land in the nose, mouth, or eyes of someone nearby, or be breathed in.

Less often, people can get infected if they touch an infected droplet on a surface and then touch their own nose, mouth, or eyes.

There seem to be far fewer cases of the virus reported in children. Most kids with the infection caught it from someone they lived with or a family member. The virus seems to usually cause a milder infection in children than in adults or older people.

 

Most people with COVID-19, including children, do not have serious problems. After seeing a doctor, most get better with rest and fluids. People who are very ill get care in a hospital with breathing help, IV fluids, and other treatments.

Doctors and researchers are working on medicines and a vaccine for coronavirus. Antibiotics can’t treat viruses so they won’t help with the coronavirus. Medicines for the flu don’t work either because the coronavirus is different from the flu virus.

Preventing the spread of germs will help protect you from COVID-19. Take these steps:

  1. Wash your hands well and often. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially if you haven’t washed your hands.
  3. Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that the children touch a lot as required by licensing regulations. Currently, no added steps beyond routine cleaning are needed.
  4. Avoid contact with people who are sick. If a child becomes sick while in your care, keep them separate from the other siblings. Encourage all families and teachers/childcare providers to stay home if they get sick.
  5. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you sneeze or cough, then throw it out. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow, not your hands. Make sure that kids have access to tissues and no-touch trashcans.