This is a scary time in the world. Grocery stores are wiped out, schools are canceled, and most workplaces are having people work remotely.
As parents, we get the opportunity to show our kids how to push through hard times.
Prevention over panic! And it all starts with a little preparation.
We don’t want to contribute to any misinformation in regards to the coronavirus, so we always refer to the CDC for our information. Here’s the link for more details.
Let’s start with the basics.
On February 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that the official name for the disease that caused the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak would be COVID-19 (‘CO’ for ‘corona’, ‘VI’ for ‘virus’, ‘D’ for disease, and 19 for 2019).
There are many types of human coronaviruses but COVID-19 is a NEW disease.
Fact 1: Regardless of race or ethnicity, diseases can make anyone sick.
Fact 2: It is thought that the majority of people have a low chance (immediate risk) of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19. Those with underlying health conditions (diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease) are at greater risk of severe illness, as well as older adults. And a major concern is the ability for anyone to spread it.
Fact 3: When someone has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation, they do not pose a risk of infection to other people. AKA no need to shun them.
Fact 4: Stick to the basics to keep you and your family healthy:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, ESPECIALLY AFTER blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately throw that tissue away.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Stay home when you are sick!!! Don’t even question it, just stay home.
Fact 5: You can help prevent COVID-19 by knowing the symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
Contact your doctor if you develop these symptoms or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with known cases.
Be sure to call ahead before driving to your doctor as most offices are now doing virtual appointments to help prevent further spreading of the virus.
So far, all the evidence points to COVID-19 spreading from person-to-person. Specifically, people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 ft) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person not showing symptoms can spread the virus as well but this is not considered the MAIN way.
Social distancing! You’ve likely been hearing this phrase a lot lately. Limit playdates, avoid movie theaters and choose unpopular times to hit the grocery store.
What is the risk of my child getting sick with COVID-19?
Evidence shows that children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. Though children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases. But better safe than sorry, keep washing those hands!
It’s Time To Boost Your Immune System
Back in January, we talked about 6 Ways to Boost Your Family’s Immune System and it’s still relevant now! To paraphrase the blog, we focused on sleep, exercise, washing hands, boosting your immune system, taking care of gut health, and preventative care.
Protecting Your Family From COVID-19
Now, more than ever, your kids are looking at you to see how you react during this time. You can show them that it’s possible to prepare without panicking!
Prepare your house for the worst-case scenario. Come up with a plan and communicate it with your family. Clean frequently touched areas: tables, countertops, toys, light switches, cabinets, etc. And be sure to keep communicating with your kids. Let them ask you questions!
Play more board games and take more naps.
Stress weakens the immune system, so look for ways to relax.
Try and have fun with the kiddos. And stay healthy out there!
If you’d like to see how some of our products can help throughout the day, here’s a little rundown that you can add to your schedule.
Cough and Immune: Preventative care products that include Elderberry (our Immune) and Zinc (Cough) are natural immune system supporters.* Add them to your morning smoothies.
Biotic: This probiotic can be used from anyone in the family (ages 0+) and helps improve digestion and gut health, as well as promotes immune system support.* We could all use something to calm our tummy troubles these days.
Mid Afternoon (Slump):
Energy: You’re probably surviving off of coffee and energy drinks right now! Our Energy is made with natural caffeine to provide a natural energy boost without the crash.*
Zen Drops: Passionflower extract helps increase GABA levels which promotes a calm state-of-mind.* With a chocolatey flavor as a bonus :).
Melatonin (Kids Sleep Melts/Drop, Zen Melts): Melatonin is the main ingredient in each of these products and is known for fast, peaceful, and deep sleep.*
Chest Rub: Two ingredients that we love in our chest rub are eucalyptus and lavender oil. Both are known to help promote calm and peaceful sleep.*
When tensions are high, it can do a number on our bodies. Try your best to make sleep a priority and look for ways to relax (even though all your kids are at home with you :)).
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.