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Kids and COVID 19

So what does current information tell us that reduces risk and what information do our children need to know:

1. Keep your contact with others as minimal as practically possible. This includes:


  • Avoiding non-essential gatherings where ever possible.

  • Reducing non-essential lessons, activities, outings

  • Avoiding social contact where possible (e.g. shaking hands, hugging and kissing)

  • Maintain an absolute minimum of 1.5 metre distance between yourself and others where ever possible

  • Make any necessary contact within a crowded situation as short as possible

  • Avoid contact with the elderly if you're at any level of risk

  • Avoid those who appear unwell (e.g. coughing)

4. Prevention is easier than dealing with a  problem once it arises. In addition to all of the above mentioned strategies here are some of the things I've been doing:

  •  If I go to the supermarket I wash any shopping trolley handles with sanitizer before I shop and then I wash my hands with sanitizer

  • I wipe the trolley handle when I've finished shopping and I either wash my hands or use hand sanitizer prior to getting back into my car

  • If I've had to enter a high risk area, on returning home, I quickly put only frozen foods away and then have a shower and wash my hair immediately. And I put any clothes I'm wearing into the wash

  • If anyone is coughing or sneezing I avoid them. I would even change queues if necessary to do so

  • And I stand well back from those ahead of me in a supermarket queue

Note please the following is my personal opinion only and you need to carefully consider what you are going to do:

In Australia we're in the privileged position to learn from huge mistakes made overseas and also actions that have halted the spread.


I'm currently only venturing from my home for essential reasons. I trust what the world's scientists, medical professionals and those currently experiencing the virus first-hand in other countries are saying.

I hope we act before it's too late... Remember we were being told only a week or so ago it was okay to go to the footy with thousands of others.


As parents, check out what has happened elsewhere in the world for yourself and make informed choices about what risks you're willing to take, both with your health, your children's health and your extended family's health.

For more information on how to explain this virus to children so they understand the importance of hygiene and social distancing, yet without making them feel anxious, check out the following link

Things You May Not Know.

There are often parts of your hands that can be missed while washing them. These are more often:

  • the webbing in between the fingers

  • if you're right handed the right thumb and if you're left handed the left thumb

  • the fourth finger (ring finger)

  • finger tips and nails

  • the creases in hands

  • wrists (including under bangles and watches)

Washing your hands is very important to protect yourself. Just for a moment pretend you're washing your hands. Really examine what you do. Have you missed any areas. Then check how your children wash their  hands as well.


You may be surprised that you are missing some of these areas highlighted in red below.

Encourage your child want to keep their  hands clean and to know how to do it properly

They too can have magically clean hands

2. To help prevent infection maintain:


  • Frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds (2 times Happy Birthday has been advised as a guide to the length of time required to thoroughly clean hands)

  • Hand sanitizing regimen if no hand washing facilities are available

  • No touching of face including eyes, nose and mouth unless you're sure your hands are clean

  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting of any common hard surfaces that are regularly used such as door handles, benches, cistern button and toilet seats

3. To help prevent the spread of infection:


  • If you're ill stay home: Symptoms of COVID 19  include: a runny nose, sore throat, fever, aches, vomiting or diarrhoea

  • If your children are ill, keep them home.

  • If members of your family become ill, wherever possible keep them isolated from other members of the family, ideally in a room where you can close the door

  • Cough into elbows rather than hands

  • Any tissues used need to be immediately discarded into a plastic lined bin and hands need to be sanitized immediately afterwards

  • If you have a second bathroom you could isolate bathroom use for those affected and those not affected

  • Wipe over any door handles, surfaces touched

  • Use gloves if you have them to clean up

  • Wash your hands and encourage regular hand washing by all family members

We are currently facing a health situation that we've not experienced in modern times. And data is only just becoming available on how COVID 19 affects children.

It appears those children affected by COVID 19 may present with lesser symptoms than adults. But something to consider is, how adversely affected are children going to be if their parents or grandparents succumb to COVID 19?

With many other viruses children can be the perfect vectors to spread disease as their levels of hygiene and social spacing can be lower than adults. Be responsible. If children are sick you likely don't know whether they have COVID 19 or not. If your children are ill, keep them at home.

And if you've come into contact with a known COVID 19 case, stay in isolation as requested by the health department. Thoughtlessness can kill people. Know you're risking other's lives if you break exclusion guidelines. You don't know how many lives you could be risking.

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