As we know, COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus that may be transferred by respiratory droplets, through the air, and/or direct contact with infected persons. During these holiday months, it is crucial to continue prophylactic measures to avoid COVID-19 infections. Our clinic’s pediatrician, Dr. Erick Olivera, offers the following advice in this regard:
Handwashing and hygiene
- Prioritize frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, both the child and the caregiver, especially when returning home after going out on the street or after having been in contact with other people. You can also use an alcohol-based disinfectant.
- Children should avoid touching their face, nose, mouth, and eyes.
Use of mask
- It is important that your children wear a mask in public places where it is difficult to maintain physical distance with other people, as well as in indoor public spaces.
- Make sure your child wears a mask in crowded and/or poorly ventilated spaces.
Opt for outdoor spaces.
- Avoid gatherings or activities in closed spaces with many people around.
- Maintain social distance of at least 1.5 meters.
Complete vaccination schedule
- It is crucial that children receive the COVID-19 vaccine as well as all other recommended vaccinations on time (which is now being applied even to children under 5 years old). By doing this, possible illness complications or related superinfections are avoided.
Remember to keep your child in isolation at home if:
- They present symptoms such as fever, irritative cough, nasal congestion, or sneezing.
- If they have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
- If your child has a positive COVID-19 test result or evaluation by their pediatrician with a suggestive diagnosis.
In this way, the spread of the virus will be avoided among other members of the child’s family, as well as the circle with which they interact daily.
Dr. Erick Olivera
Pediatrician at Clínica Ricardo Palma