Himedik.com – When a number of schools have implemented face-to-face teaching and learning activities, children will be at risk of contracting the Covid-19 corona virus. Meanwhile, only teenagers aged 12-17 years have just received the Covid-19 vaccine injection.
This means that the rate of transmission of the Covid-19 corona virus in schools is still high among children under that age.
Therefore, schools and parents need to take appropriate measures to protect children from the Covid-19 corona virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing masks in classrooms. In addition, schools also need to implement good hand washing habits and maintain physical distance.
The following is a guide that can be done to reduce the risk of transmission of the Covid-19 corona virus in schools by the Philippine Pediatrics Society.
1. Keep physical distance
The CDC and WHO have recommended everyone to maintain physical distance from others to prevent transmission of the corona virus. This rule needs to be enforced in the school environment.
The school can enforce rules to reduce the number of students in each class to limit the number of students and teachers in contact, position tables and chairs in the same direction, use physical barriers between desks, and study outside the room if possible.
2. Wear a mask
The CDC and WHO also advise everyone to always wear a mask while in public spaces, including schools. Parents need to teach their children the importance of wearing masks and how to use them properly.
You can also bring a spare mask, considering that it is easier for children to sweat and play wet. Remember children not to lend masks to friends and always wash their hands.
3. Wash your hands
Parents and schools need to teach the importance of maintaining proper hygiene and washing hands during a pandemic.
Tell children how to wash their hands properly using soap and running water for 20 seconds, especially before and after eating and coughing.
4. School disinfectant
The school must also regularly clean and disinfect every corner and school objects, especially surfaces that are frequently touched by students.
The school can disinfect doorknobs, tables, faucets, books, bookshelves, playgrounds and so on. This method is quite helpful in reducing the risk of transmitting the corona virus in schools.
5. Stay home when sick
Parents also should not let their children stay in school if their condition is sick, even if the symptoms are only mild.
In addition, parents also need to inform the teacher’s condition and the symptoms he is experiencing. Thus, the school can increase vigilance and carry out testing when necessary.
Vaccination is still the best way to prevent infection with the Covid-19 coronavirus, although it doesn’t make the body completely immune.
However, vaccination can protect people from severe infection with the Covid-19 coronavirus. Now, teenagers aged 12-17 are also allowed to inject the Covid-19 vaccine.
The school can also conduct periodic Covid-19 testing or tests as a screening measure to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
Because screening helps detect cases of the Covid-19 corona virus faster so that the handling is more effective.