Kids-friendly advice around Coronavirus  First of all you don’t need to panic. News of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers […]

Kids-friendly advice around Coronavirus 

First of all you don’t need to panic.

News of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school/College.

The Coronavirus crisis is gripping the nation and it has already been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. The government is continuing to closely monitor the spread of Covid – 19 and is taking action at home and abroad. The overall risk of coronavirus to the UK is now high.

Please be assured that despite the above there is nothing to be worried about as Coronavirus symptoms are similar to a cold or flu. The vast majority of people that do contract the virus are completely fine in a couple of weeks.

This is to advise all Children and Young People to ensure that they take precautions and keep themselves safe. Please ensure the following is adhered to:

  • Washing your hands regularly.
  • Always sneeze into a tissue, and carry pocket size tissue packets.
  • Use hand sanitizers to stop the spread of viruses (these are currently out of stock in most places but can still be bought online. Please ask your foster carers to order these online while stocks last!!)
  • Please avoid virus hot spots like crowded places, shopping centres, travelling on the public transport (virus transmission rates up to six times higher for those using public transport systems). The agency advises against travelling to central London unless absolutely necessary as this area is a hot spot given the high number of tourist presence.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands where possible.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are known to be unwell.
  • The public health advice is to stay home as much as pos sible. While this is not easy we request that the advice is followed given the high risk of infection transferring from people to people contact.
  • Please let your foster carers know if you are feeling unwell.

Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19

Also, please check our Shining Stars Fostering Agency’s website for regular updates.

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