The world is now in a pandemic due to the COVID-19 virus. Some countries are in lockdown and cities all around the world are following community quarantine. As parents, we are responsible for taking precautionary measures at home as well. Given the current situation – we shouldn’t fret. We must remain calm and continue to take care of ourselves and our home.
What can we do during this time of an outbreak?
Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A strong immunity helps protect yourself from the virus. If you’re a breastfeeding mom, ensure that you keep yourself healthy so your baby can keep reaping the wonderful antibodies from your breastmilk.
“The CDC recommends that those with coronavirus continue breastfeeding or feeding expressed breastmilk to their child while taking precautions to avoid spreading the virus to them. Given low rates of transmission of respiratory viruses through breastmilk, the World Health Organization states that those with COVID-19 can breastfeed.”
Don’t take everything you see and hear to heart. Always fact check! Fake news is rampant so you’ve got to read and listen from credible sources.
By limiting your time on social media. There are too many things you can read that can put you in panic. Instead, spend some wonderful, quality family time. Concentrate on creating a happy home for happy hearts.
Don’t feel guilty for taking extra caution but don’t panic! While it may be tempting to give in and follow suit, panicking never leads to anything good. Avoid Panic buying – If everyone maintains normal buying levels, supply will be steady. Especially parents who are formula feeding, do not take more than what you need. It would be catastrophic if other babies aren’t able to get what they need due to panic buying. Refrain stockpiling formulas.
Stay clean and sanitize
Wash your hands frequently. The best way to take precautions and be preventive is to stay clean. As much as possible, avoid physical contact with others, respectfully, and frequent hand washing. As recommended by WHO (World Health Organisation), 20 seconds of hand washing is the best way to go about it.
Create a household plan of action to help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community:
- Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan, and discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community.
- Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications, particularly older adults and those with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease.
- Make sure they have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
- Get to know your neighbors and find out if your neighborhood has a website or social media page to stay connected.
- Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources.
- Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
It is always important to maintain a calm demeanor when facing a crisis. Keep calm so that others will follow suit. We shouldn’t be adding to the stressors we’re already facing and when in doubt – always ask – but ask towards credible sources.
Share good and reliable information and refrain from actions that can cause an uproar or further panic.