The spread of Covid in the school environment

The spread of Covid in the school environment

With school-age children only having returned to the classroom a month ago, it seems Covid as well as other coughs and colds are spreading at a fairly rapid rate. Whilst it is reassuring that children seem to be only minimally affected, they are still able to spread it to other family members in the home which may include vulnerable adults as well as children with health conditions. With the impact not only being health related as it can mean people are unable to work and earn money while in isolation, but it is also fair to say the disruption it causes can be significant.

Schools have measures in place to ensure any outbreaks are minimised but children are mixing properly for the first time in over a year. Whilst it is impossible to keep your child fully protected whilst at school, by feeding them a nutritious and balanced diet with a vitamin supplement such as Chewwies to ensure nothing has been missed is a wise idea. And although the thought of playing outside as the weather turns cold and wet may seem unappealing, making sure that your child is getting plenty of fresh air helps boost the immune system. In the UK, winter sun does not provide us with enough sun exposure to give the body enough vitamin D, so it is worth making sure that they take a targeted vitamin D supplement also.

Although it seems obvious to say, encouraging your child to always practice safe hygiene routines can really help both themselves and those around them to keep safe. Always sneeze and cough into your elbow to prevent particles gathering in the air that can then be passed on to others. Wash hands on a regular basis and always after going to the toilet, eating and after touching anything dirty.