How to keep your kids safe from Covid-19

27 May 2021

South Africa is currently facing the third wave of COVID-19. The country’s daily positive cases were sitting at 9149 on Thursday 10, June 2021, with Gauteng leading with the highest reported new cases.

To keep our families safe from contracting COVID-19, we need to continue to follow the health and safety guidelines as recommended by the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health. 

The following are some of the things parents can do to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Wearing of  masks 

According to the World Health Organisation (Who), wearing a mask can prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. This is due to the mask material catching the droplets that come out when one coughs or sneezes. Ensuring that your child wears their mask even when they are at home and playing with other children can prevent them from getting sick.

Social distancing 

Schools across the country have ensured that they are safe and that children maintain social distancing. This should not be limited to school; educate your child about the importance of social distancing and why it is essential for other people and their peers. This will ensure that when they are at school, they model the same behaviour. 

Washing of hands 

Practising good hygiene has also been shown to be effective in the fight against COVID-19. While most children have been educated about the importance of washing their hands, it is important to reiterate this at home. 

Keep kids away from school if they are sick

If your child is sick, it is best to keep them at home, be adequately cared for and only take them back to school when they are no longer sick. Chat with your child’s school to see if they can assist with providing worksheets for your child to cover the school work they might be missing. This is especially important if they will miss school for an extended period. 

Avoid going to public places

Unless necessary, minimise going to public places such as malls where there is no proper ventilation; if you can buy your essentials and non-essential items online, opt for that. If you go to a restaurant, ensure that it is properly ventilated and they adhere to health. 

If you suspect that you might have COVID-19, consult your doctor or contact the COVID-19 hotline on 0800 029 999 if you require further information.