- What should schools do during an outbreak of the coronavirus disease?
- What should be monitored after re-opening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- How should you behave in school during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Who is at risk for coronavirus?
- Can I get the coronavirus disease from swimming in a swimming pool?
- Can the coronavirus disease be transmitted in hot or humid climates?
- What benefits would school re-opening provide?
- Is there any specific guidance on school ventilation and air conditioning use during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- What should I do if I feel unwell during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- What are foods to avoid during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Can the coronavirus spread via feces?
- How can I keep my child safe if they are going to school during COVID-19?
What should schools do during an outbreak of the coronavirus disease?
UNICEF is urging schools – whether open or helping students through remote learning – to provide students with holistic support.
Schools should provide children with vital information on handwashing and other measures to protect themselves and their families; facilitate mental health support; and help to prevent stigma and discrimination by encouraging students to be kind to each other and avoid stereotypes when talking about the virus..
What should be monitored after re-opening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic?
See full answerThe following should be monitored:• effectiveness of symptoms-reporting, monitoring, rapid testing and tracing of suspected cases• the effects of policies and measures on educational objectives and learning outcomes• the effects of policies and measures on health and well-being of children, siblings, staff, parents and other family members• the trend in school dropouts after lifting the restrictions• the number of cases in children and staff in the school, and frequency of school-based outbreaks in the local administrative area and the country.• Assessment of impact of remote teaching on learning outcomes.Based on what is learned from this monitoring, further modifications should be made to continue to provide children and staff with the safest environment possible.
How should you behave in school during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Model good practices such as sneezing or coughing into your elbow and washing your hands, especially for younger family members. Don’t stigmatize your peers or tease anyone about being sick; remember that the virus doesn’t follow geographical boundaries, ethnicities, age or ability or gender.Tell your parents, another family member, or a caregiver if you feel sick, and ask to stay home.
Who is at risk for coronavirus?
See full answerThe virus that causes COVID-19 infects people of all ages. However, evidence to date suggests that two groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 disease. These are older people (that is people over 60 years old); and those with underlying medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer). The risk of severe disease gradually increases with age starting from around 40 years. It’s important that adults in this age range protect themselves and in turn protect others that may be more vulnerable.WHO has issued advice for these two groups and for community support to ensure that they are protected from COVID-19 without being isolated, stigmatized, left in a position of increased vulnerability or unable to access basic provisions and social care.
Can I get the coronavirus disease from swimming in a swimming pool?
Swimming in a well-maintained, properly chlorinated pool is safe. However, it is advisable to stay away from al crowded areas including crowded swimming pools. Keep 1 metre distance from people who sneeze or cough even in a swimming area.
Can the coronavirus disease be transmitted in hot or humid climates?
From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
What benefits would school re-opening provide?
See full answerSchool closures have clear negative impacts on child health, education and development, family income and the overall economy.The decision to reopen schools should include consideration of the following benefits:• Allowing students to complete their studies and continue to the next level• Essential services, access to nutrition, child welfare, such as preventing violence against children• Social and psychological well-being• Access to reliable information on how to keep themselves and others safe• Reducing the risk of non-return to school• Benefit to society, such as allowing parents to work
Is there any specific guidance on school ventilation and air conditioning use during the COVID-19 pandemic?
See full answerYes, ensure adequate ventilation and increase total airflow supply to occupied spaces, if possible. Clean, natural ventilation (i.e., opening windows) should be used inside buildings where possible, without re-circulating the air. If heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are used they should be regularly inspected, maintained and cleaned. Rigorous standards for installation, maintenance and filtration are essential to make sure they are effective and safe. Consider running the systems at maximum outside airflow for two hours before and after times when the building is occupied, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
What should I do if I feel unwell during the COVID-19 pandemic?
See full answer• Know the full range of symptoms of COVID-19. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include loss of taste or smell, aches and pains, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, red eyes, diarrhoea, or a skin rash.• Stay home and self-isolate even if you have minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Call your health care provider or hotline for advice. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house or have someone near you, wear a medical mask to avoid infecting others.• If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately. Call by telephone first, if you can and follow the directions of your local health authority.• Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities.
What are foods to avoid during the COVID-19 pandemic?
See full answerReduce foods such as red and fatty meats, butter and full-fat dairy products, palm oil, coconut oil, solid shortening and lard. Avoid trans fats as much as possible. Read nutrition labels to ensure that partially hydrogenated oils are not listed in the ingredients. If food labels are not available, avoid foods which commonly contain trans fats such as processed and fried foods, like doughnuts and baked goods – including biscuits, pie crusts, frozen pizzas, cookies, crackers and margarines that include partially hydrogenated fat.If in doubt, minimally processed foods and ingredients are better choices. Consume enough fibre Fibre contributes to a healthy digestive system and offers a prolonged feeling of fullness, which helps prevent overeating.
Can the coronavirus spread via feces?
There is some evidence that COVID-19 infection may lead to intestinal infection and be present in faeces. However, to date only one study has cultured the COVID-19 virus from a single stool specimen. There have been no reports of faecal−oral transmission of the COVID-19 virus to date.
How can I keep my child safe if they are going to school during COVID-19?
See full answer• Monitor your child’s health and keep them home from school if they are ill.• Teach and model good hygiene practices for your children: ○ Wash your hands with soap and safe water frequently. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water, if hands are visibly dirty. ○ Ensure that safe drinking water is available and toilets or latrines are clean and available at home. ○ Ensure waste is safely collected, stored and disposed of. ○ Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow and avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth and nose.