As caregivers we have a responsibility to know about current issues that may affect our families and children. COVID-19 is still a relatively new virus, but as caregivers there are some important things to note. What is it? What are common symptoms? How does it spread and how can we help reduce the spread?

What is COVID-19?

  • New coronavirus that causes a respiratory infection
  • Not previously seen in humans
  • The common cold is a type of coronavirus but COVID-19 is much more severe

Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear one to fourteen days after exposure

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Some may experience: Aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea
  • Symptoms are usually mild
  • Can lead to difficulty breathing and pneumonia

Vulnerable populations

  • Older adults
  • Chronic comorbid illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, or asthma

How it Spreads

  • Spread from person to person through droplets from coughs and sneezes
  • More contagious than seasonal flu
  • May even be caught from people who have no or mild symptoms

Ways to Reduce the Spread

  • Social distancing – increasing the physical space to 6 feet between people and avoiding public places whenever possible
  • Limit travel – CDC recommendations
  • Quarantine – restricts the movement of well people who may have been exposed to the virus
    • Use good hygiene* and hand washing and avoid touching your face
    • Not sharing towels and utensils
    • Staying at home
    • No visitors
    • Staying at least 6 feet from others
  • Isolation – separate ill people who may have COVID-19
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces with at least 70% alcohol solution
  • The COVID-19 virus can stay in the air for multiple hours and on surfaces for days:
    • Up to 3 hours in the air
    • Up to 24 hours on cardboard
    • Up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel

*Good Hygiene – hand washing for at least 20 seconds, use 60% alcohol sanitizer when hand washing is not an option, use gloves and masks if providing care to sick individuals

Homemade Bleach Solution: Mix 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per 1 gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per 1 quart of water in a well ventilated area and following manufacturer’s instructions

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It is essential that we are knowledgeable about current health concerns such as COVID-19. As nannies, we should continue to use good hygiene practices and follow recommendations from government officials and the CDC.