The CDC has made specific recommendations for students for this upcoming school year. COVID-19 is easily transmissible, and with the Delta variant, it’s even more contagious. Students from Kindergarten to 12th grade are close to others students for 8 hours a day. This will likely make COVID cases increase even more. AFC Urgent Care North Andover provides COVID testing to any patient who needs it. If your child experiences symptoms or has been around someone who has tested positive, visit our center today.
The COVID Vaccine
Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID. All eligible students, school faculty, and household members should receive their COVID vaccine as soon as possible. Those who receive the COVID vaccine are less likely to get COVID, spread it to others, and experience severe symptoms. Breakthrough infections have shown much less severe symptoms than in unvaccinated cases.
Since breakthrough infections are still happening, it’s essential to use other prevention methods to keep children and school faculty safe.
Masks can help slow the spread of COVID. The CDC recommends all people over age 2 wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, they advise those who are unvaccinated to wear masks outdoors when in crowded settings. Depending on the size of the classes, it may be wise to recommend your child wears their mask when outdoors. Those who are immunocompromised or live with someone who is may also want to wear masks when outdoors in crowded settings.
Those who are unvaccinated should try and remain a distance of 6 feet from others. Those vaccinated do not have to keep as much distance, but in fairness to all children, schools may implement social distancing regardless of vaccination status. It’s important to help your child learn how to be mindful of their surroundings. This can help keep things orderly when returning to school.
Handwashing & Respiratory Etiquette
Young children should be taught proper hand washing and respiratory etiquette. For example, show them how much soap to use, and teach them to sing a song such as Happy Birthday while washing. This will ensure they are washing their hands for enough time each time.
When sneezing or coughing, show them how to sneeze into the crook of their elbow if tissues are immediately unavailable. This can help keep their hands clean and can help prevent the spread of germs.
Stay Home When Sick
If your child begins to show symptoms of illness, keep them home. It can be difficult to keep children home while working, but it’s important to help keep others safe. Some children may be immunocompromised or live with someone who is, and with COVID around, it can be a very dangerous environment for them. Keep your children home when sick, and bring them to their pediatrician or AFC North Andover if needed.