Finally, happy news for mothers, especially those who are concerned about their children going to nurseries, as a recent study conducted by the American Yale University, which is concerned with health studies for young people, showed that going to nursery does not help the spread of the Corona virus if the necessary health measures are taken. .
The university published the results of the study in the journal “Pediatrics” of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
What can be considered reassuring for mothers is that the study was conducted on a sample of more than 57,000 children in kindergartens for childcare service providers in all US states.
The study included children who went to kindergarten for less than 6 years because of the work of parents, compared to others who stayed at home for fear of infection with the Corona virus.
The study clearly affirmed that the infection rates among children who go to kindergarten every day are completely under control and not of concern, provided that the necessary preventive measures and health measures are taken.
Dr. Walter Gilliam, the lead researcher and general supervisor of the Yale University study in Connecticut, says that one of the most important indicators of the study is that children are not infected, while the spread of the virus was remarkable among the elderly.
The study indicated that the number of children infected with the virus is estimated at one case out of every 10 infections. At the same time, this case does not show strong symptoms of the virus, and the child may be infected with Corona virus without symptoms.
Another medical report issued last September by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that only 0.03% of cases in children and young people under the age of 21 years had fatal symptoms.
But the biggest problem is the possibility of children spreading the Corona virus to adults with their families, especially elderly people.
The study indicates that the most important measures that were a major cause of the virus not spreading among children are changing the delivery and delivery protocols, conducting daily temperature checks, requiring adults and children to wear a mask, imposing hand washing and sterilization throughout the day, reducing crowding, and ensuring that procedures are applied. Social distancing, especially in closed classrooms.
Dr. Gilliam confirms that opening childcare places has proven safe, and it does not seem to pose a threat in terms of the spread of the disease, but he pointed out that the results of the study do not automatically mean that young school-age children can resume studies as usual.
Dr. Gilliam said – in a press release – that “usually adults who work with infants and young children and preschoolers have a small group of them who stay together throughout the day, which reduces infection rates,” while middle and high schools may contain hundreds. People are in one building and usually move from class to class. These factors alone make secondary schools completely different from nurseries.
Mothers should assist providers of day-to-day care for children, by following the necessary preventive measures to protect their young, as follows:
– The necessity to wear a muzzle for children older than two years old, according to the recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
– Make sure to give the child more than one cloth to change it during the day, in anticipation of contamination of one of them.
Medical masks are not suitable for children, and it is better for the muzzle to be tight on the child’s face.
– Ensure that the child is taught to wash hands continuously, and to disinfect them with sterilizer on an ongoing basis, and it is certain that the kindergarten service providers will help him in this, but the child should be trained on preventive measures so that he does not feel weary of repeating them daily.
– It is better not to rely on meals provided by the school restaurant, and you should prepare his meals in an airtight bag, but make sure to train your child to open and close it by himself, without the help of a colleague or teacher to help him to reduce exposure to infection from others.
It is best not to send packages that are difficult to open and use, such as juice packages or bags of potatoes and biscuits that need help for others to open.
– If your child has any symptoms of influenza, such as high temperature, sensitivity, nausea, coughing and other known symptoms, the child should not be sent to school in order to preserve his health and the health of others, and do not wait until the appearance of strong symptoms of colds and flu.
It seems that life cannot return to normal 100% yet, and at least you can feel safe when we know that children and their caregivers are not at increased risk of contracting the Coronavirus in nursery.