Not many days after Coronavirus was declared a global emergency, it is now haunting India as five cases of Coronavirus, three cases in Kerala, one in Telangana and one in New Delhi has been confirmed. People are being quarantined to prevent the spread of this deadly virus that has cost the lives of more than three thousand people as of March 3, 2020, globally.
Though a plethora of safety precautions have been listed, it becomes difficult for the children to adhere to them on their own. Hence the onus for their safety lies with their mothers, as usual. We asked several mothers what they are doing to ensure safety. Here’s what they have to say:
Nandita Iyer, Founder, Saffrontrail emphasises on the need for creating awareness about the infection among the kids. She says we are “keeping our kid updated about everything regarding the virus, the situation developing around the world and how to keep yourself vigilant”.
Ensuring That They Wash Their Hands Often And Properly
One common preventive measure that all moms are taking is ensuring that children wash their hands properly. “We have got him sanitizer for school but he doesn’t seem to use it properly. We have instructed him to stay clean and wash his hands. A doctor had shared a brilliant comic video that he took very well to,” says Koral Dasgupta, Author, Founder of Tell Me Your Story.
“With two boys, I am constantly struggling with basic hygiene but what I am insisting now is that they bathe properly, wash their hands more often,” says Ruchita Dar Shah, Founder First Moms Club.
Prerna Sinha, blogger at Maa Of All Blogs also says that she ensures her kids wash their hands more often and also take care of basic hygiene. In addition to this, Payal, Content Writer at The Word Jockey ensures that her kids sanitize their hands regularly and wash them more often.
Nandita Iyer, shares that they are following a ” proper hand-washing technique, doing it together at home and setting an example”.
Vitamin C Intake To Boost the Immune System
Coronavirus is known to develop a deadly form of pneumonia. According to WHO, People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. Therefore, it is said that if your immune system is strong, you are in a safer position.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is known to boost the immune system.” I am giving them Vitamin C to increase their immunity and honestly not to panic too much. They are continuing with their school, play and outdoor time as usual,” adds Shah.
Prerna Sinha too believes in making sure that her kids take a lot of Vitamin C so that they have a strong immune system.
Camphor And Turmeric Milk
No matter however modern we become, age-old Indian remedies always stand for our rescue, even in the worst of circumstances. Turmeric milk, also known as Golden Milk is an inseparable part of our culture and is known to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Moreover, camphor too has antibacterial and antifungal properties and helps fight infections.”We have introduced warm milk with turmeric to him. Other than that we make him smell burning camphor before he goes out,” adds Koral Dasgupta.
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