Follow these 10 tips to keep your child protected against Covid-19
Published on Sept 15, 2020. EST READ TIME: 5 MIN
The highly infectious disease Covid-19 has wreaked havoc around the world.While scientists and doctors are trying to learn more about the disease and develop a vaccine for the same, the best way to stay safe is by taking necessary precautions. Older people and those with co-morbidities are at more risk of severely falling ill due to Covid-19, however, it is important to safeguard children from the risk of infection as well. This includes choosing a Corona Kavach health insurance plan to take care of expenses if your child tests positive. Read on to know more.
What can you do to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in children?
We all know children are active and curious beings who love to run around, hang out with friends, and touch things, the very behaviour that can put them at risk of Covid-19. Althoughchildrendo not fall in the high-risk category for this disease,you should take proper care and teach your kids about standard hygiene measures to keep them safe and prevent the spread.In addition, as added protection, you can get a Corona Kavach health insurance planfor your child and other family members to take care of pre-hospitalisation to post-hospitalisation expenses in case someone tests positive.
10 Tips to Keep Children Protected against Covid-19
The novel coronavirus makes people sick with flu-like symptoms and this is a cause of concern for all. If you are worried about the well-being of your child, taking these preventive measures will help keep them protected and healthy.
Make them wash their hands after every activity: You should make sure that your child is washing his or her handsthoroughly with soap and water before eating anything. You should also ensure that they are washing their hands after using the washroom, coughing, sneezing, blowing the nose, and playing outdoors. When travelling, you can make use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to keep your child’s hands clean and safe.
Make sure that they wear a mask: Although, it is best to not travel or take your child outside, but if it is unavoidable make sure that he or she is wearing a mask. The mask should cover their nose and mouth properly, as they are the main entry points for the virus.
Prevent them from touching their face: This is important as the virus enters the body through the nose and mouth. Stop your child every time you see them touching the face. You can also make your child wearing disposable gloves when going out.
Maintain distance from other people: Teach your child about social distancing. Keep an eye on them and make them maintain at least 6-feet distance from other people in public settings.
Avoid people who have the symptoms: If you see anyone coughing or sneezing, make sure, you and your child maintain a safe distance from them.
Disinfect surfaces: It is important to disinfect and sanitise certain high-touch surfaces, such as tables, chairs, light switches, doorknobs, door handles, toilets, and more every day. Also, wipe down and disinfect other surfaces that your child touches regularly.This is important, especially if you or other family members step out often.
Wash their toys: Apart from washing theclothes and shoes of your child with a laundry disinfectant, make sure you wash their toys and other items too. Use warm water for the best results and dry them completely before use.
Limit in-person play: If the infection rate is high in your region, prevent your child from playing with others. This is important for your child’s safety.
Feed them immunity-boosting foods and supplements: Make sure you give immune-boosting foods and prescribed dietary supplements to your child. These include items like amla, ginger, oranges, bell peppers, turmeric, garlic, etc.
Stay home: Do not go out or take your child out unless absolutely necessary. This is one of the best and easiest ways to keep yourself and your child safe from the virus.
Special precautions to take when travelling with kids
Apart from wearing masks and gloves, it is important to follow standard hygiene measureswhile travelling with children. Avoid close contact with anyone and sanitize hands every time you or your kids touch any surface. For added safety, clean the seat, armrest, and other surfaces with disinfecting wipes. If you are staying in a hotel, use disinfecting wipes to clean the doorknobs, door handles, and remote controls.
All the precautions listed here need to be followed to keep your children safe from the looming threat of a Covid-19 infection. In addition, get your child insured with a Corona Kavach health insurance plan, which is a standard policy launched by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI). This health insurance plan specifically covers all medical expenses arising due to the novel coronavirus disease. This way, if your child tests positive, you can concentrate on providing them with the best treatment possible without worrying about the financial burden.
This blog is written by Dr. Kavita Ganesh Asst. Vice President, Health & Accident Product Underwriting
About The Expert : Dr. Kavita Ganesh holds over 15 years of work experience in health insurance industry. She highly recommends buying health insurance for securing finances in case of a medical emergency. Looking at the current pandemic situation, she enforces the idea of having a higher sum insured for covering the entire family.
Disclaimer: The above information is for illustrative purpose only. For more details, please refer to policy wordings and prospectus before concluding the sales.