Talking COVID-19 to your kids

With COVID-19 outbreak on the rise, how can we protect ourselves against the virus and help our children understand what is going on around them. With over 280 known cases in England and 8 confirmed cases in Kensington, the numbers are increasing.

We share with you important points which can help yourselves and others in your community

  1. Try to maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  2. Hands can pick up viruses so try not to touch your face, so as not to transfer the germs from your hands to your body
  3. Wash your hands frequently using these steps:
  4. Wash your hands often, especially before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and going to the bathroom.
  5. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water, if hands are visibly dirty.
  6. Clean surfaces with antibacterial frequently
  7. Sneeze and cough into tissues or the crook of your elbow. If you get mucus or spit on your skin, clean it off right away.
  8. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially people exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever
  9. Stay home when you’re sick.

Effective ways to wash your hands

Step 1: Wet hands with running water

Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover wet hands

Step 3: Scrub all surfaces of the hands – including back of hands, between fingers and under nails – for at least 20 seconds.

Step 4: Rinse thoroughly with running water

Step 5: Dry hands with a clean cloth or single-use towel

A series of photos highlighting the importance of washing your hands properly have gone viral online amid the coronavirus outbreak. This would be something to show as an example to our children on the importance of washing hands as soon as they walk in front school etc…The news coverage and talk at home and school may leave your children with worries and concerns so it is best to discuss it with them and tell them how to be as hygienic as possible.

Before you explain it to your children, ensure you know the facts yourself so you can answer their questions and give them correct information.

Here are some top tips on how to talk to you children about COVID-19

  • Compare the illness to Flu so they have some understanding of what it is, making it better to grasp for them
  • Ensure they understand the importance of hygiene and how germs can be transmitted, therefore giving them the knowledge to wash their hands frequently perhaps to the song ‘Happy Birthday’ which makes it more entertaining, less fearful and ensures they do it for long enough. Teach them to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom and after being out in public.
  • Teach them to avoid touching their nose, eyes and mouth as much as they can so as not to spread germs
  • Acknowledge your children’s fears and how it may be impacting them
  • Perhaps keep the news to a minimum around the children as this can be a scary place for them.
  • You can also generate your own lyrics to make sure you wash your hands for long enough  and put the infographic up near all the hand washing vicinities.

For any help or advice regarding COVID-19 visit the NHS website.