As a parent, you may be struggling to understand how the coronavirus is going to impact you in the long term. Here are some key questions to consider.
How Can You Help Children Understand?
Young children do not need to understand the ins and outs of COVID-19. The most important thing is that they are able to follow social distancing guidelines. Most children can quickly pick up on this advice on the go thanks to things like floor markings or signs. Indeed, organizations and businesses are taking steps to ensure that their social distancing guidelines are easy for children to understand. The trick is to keep things as simple as possible and ensure that children still feel safe when they are out in public with you.
Are Children In Danger?
One of the most important questions to ask is whether children are being impacted by COVID-19. The good news is that most research suggests that children are not one of the groups who are most at risk from this virus. Indeed, in the majority of cases the disease is impacting the old far more than the young. However, there have been outliers with infants falling seriously ill. As well as this some epidemiologists are suggesting that the coronavirus is now becoming increasingly dangerous for younger populations. It’s possible that the virus is slowly mutating but it’s too early to say whether this is the case.
Right now, governments feel secure in saying that children are less at risk. This is why they will likely be returning to school in September in most states and countries.
Are School Organizations Prepared For COVID-19?
This largely depends on the individual organization. Some seem far more prepared for the challenges of COVID-19 while others are falling behind. Be aware that a lot of the support systems such as Head Start are still in place and available for parents to access right now. But you still need to choose a nursery that has the right safety measures in place. While children may be far less likely to develop severe symptoms of COVID-19, they can still spread the virus to other people. This is certainly a key consideration when preparing to send children back to school or into the nursery this year.
When Will It End?
Obviously, a key question for parents is when things are going to get back to normal. Unfortunately, the answer to this question isn’t quite as clear as many would hope. While some suggest things will be back to normal by Christmas others are more pessimistic. It’s possible that the coronavirus pandemic will stretch into mid-2021. As such, parents and children will need to be patient as the entire world figures out how to adapt to a new normal.
We hope this helps you understand some of the key questions that parents need to consider surrounding the current coronavirus pandemic. You might think that the worst is now behind us but experts disagree. Indeed, the reality is that the worst could be yet to come particularly when winter brings both a nasty flu season and a potential second wave. So, it’s important for parents to be prepared.