Hygiene Measures Against The Coronavirus

Hygiene Measures Against The Coronavirus

Hygiene measures against the coronavirus

Since the worldwide coronavirus outbreak at the end of 2019, there has been more attention for hygiene. In the Netherlands, too, we are dealing with stricter regulations. What do you (extra) parent have to take into account?

Does extra hygiene help against the coronavirus?

The coronavirus is spread through airborne droplets. These drops are released when coughing and sneezing, but also through talking and breathing. You can spread these droplets with your hands. Do you then touch your face with your hand? Then the virus can get near your nose or mouth. That way you can get infected with the coronavirus.

By applying good hygiene, you ensure that the drops do not reach your face through your hands. Washing hands is especially important here. In addition, it is wise to have as little contact with others as possible and to avoid busy places. This way you avoid coming into contact with places where many droplets are suspended in the air.

General hygiene measures

A number of measures apply to everyone. By paying extra attention to your hygiene, you can reduce the chance that you will be infected. You will also spread the virus less quickly. The following considerations are wise to keep in mind.

Wash your hands regularly

It is important to wash your hands regularly with soap. In any case, do this after visiting the toilet, if you have been in contact with others and before you touch food. To minimize the risk of contamination, it is recommended to wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.

Avoid busy places

Coronavirus is spread from person to person. If many people are together, the chance of infection is greater. Therefore, try to stay at home as much as possible and do not look for busy places. If you go out anyway, keep a meter and a half between yourself and others.

Cough and sneeze in your elbow

When you sneeze or cough, spread drops that may contain viruses. By coughing in your elbow, you ensure that those droplets do not get as far. This reduces the risk of spreading the coronavirus. In addition, you limit the chance that pathogens will get on your hands.

Use tissue paper

Do you want to blow your nose or dry your hands after washing? Then use paper towels instead of cloth handkerchiefs or towels. Virus particles can stick to this. You can come into contact with this again during a subsequent use. Throw away the paper towels immediately after use, preferably in a closed trash can.

Keep an eye on RIVM's advice

You will find the latest information about the new corona virus on the RIVM website . RIVM will announce this as soon as reliable research shows that additional measures are useful. So keep an eye on these advices to know what you can do.

Hygiene measures for pregnant women

Hygiene measures for pregnant women

When you're pregnant, you probably feel extra vulnerable. Due to the hormones , your resistance can be lowered. That makes you more vulnerable to infections. Unfortunately, it is not yet clear whether the coronavirus is extra harmful during your pregnancy. To be sure, you can observe the following hygiene measures.

Go to the midwife alone

Of course you want to have your partner with you when you have a check-up with the midwife . Still, today it is better to go alone. Your midwife sees many different people every day. This increases the chance of the virus spreading. By going alone, your midwife can better deal with the risks and remains safe to get checked.

Avoid contact with sick people

Are there people in your area with a cold, sore throat or fever? While this may not always be COVID-19, it is wise to avoid these people. Is it really necessary to see someone who is sick? Keep extra distance and wash your hands extra well after the contact.

Watch what you eat

During your pregnancy, not all food is wise to eat. It is better to leave raw meat , raw fish and some dairy products for a while. Also pay close attention to the shelf life of products. Food poisoning can lower your resistance considerably.

Hygiene measures for parents

Hygiene Measures Against The Coronavirus

Do you already have a baby? Even then it is wise to pay extra attention to your hygiene. Children seem less susceptible to COVID-19, but they may still spread the virus. So consider the following advice when caring for your children.

Be careful with food

When feeding your child, keep an extra close eye on this being done hygienically. This applies to both breastfeeding and bottle feeding . Is your child already eating solid food? Then remember to wash your hands well before you touch any food. Also let your little one wash his hands before eating.

Teach your children to wash hands

It is not always easy for children to wash their hands well. It takes a long time and is quite boring. Moreover, it is difficult for small children to understand why the extra hygiene measures are necessary. To make it more fun, you can, for example, sing a song to pass the time.

Beware of contact with liquids

As a parent of a baby, it is impossible to avoid contact with liquids. Try to wash your hands extra well if you have touched your child's urine, stool or mucus. Where you can avoid it, it is wise to do this too. So do not kiss your child on the mouth, do not put pacifiers in your mouth and do not eat with the same cutlery as your little one.

Clean toys more often

Babies like to put toys in their mouths . That is not a problem at all and even helps to strengthen their immune system. In these times it may be wise to clean the toys a little more often with a mild detergent. Also remember to wash your hands when cleaning up a toy that's under the drool.

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