How to protect your family from coronavirus (COVID-19)


If you have children, chances are you are worried about how can coronavirus spread and whether your child or family is at risk.

There are a lot of misinformation and confusions on the internet about the coronavirus or COVID-19 as its now referred as. UNICEF health experts have given us the facts.

Six things you should know about coronavirus (COVID-19):

  1.  Coronavirus spreads through direct contact between people with respiratory droplets from an infected person and by touching surfaces that have been contaminated. People should maintain at least 3 feet of distance between people who are sneezing, coughing or have fever.
  2. The symptoms of coronavirus are fever, shortness of breath, cough and in the more terminal cases, the infection can cause breathing difficulties or pneumonia. In rare cases, the disease can be fatally harmful but it is mainly among older people with pre-existing conditions.
  3. There are a few precautions you can take to prevent this infection. You should wash your hands properly and frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You should also cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing. Use your elbow to block your face while coughing or sneezing or use a tissue and dispose it immediately.
  4. Do masks prevent coronavirus? The simple answer is, not really, it does not. If you don’t have the symptoms of the illness, you do not need to wear a mask. Washing your hands properly is actually more important. If you are coughing or sneezing, you should wear a surgical mask to help prevent spread it and protect others.
  5. Can pregnancy transmit coronavirus to the baby? For now there is no strong enough evidence to support whether the virus is passed on to the baby from the mother during pregnancy or what impact it might have on the baby.
  6. Are there medicines for treatment of coronavirus? No. There is no medicine till date for the virus. So the best thing you can do is practice basic cleanliness and hygiene.

Collected from UNICEF/World Health Organization.