This document provides guidance to decision makers, public and child health professionals to inform policy on the use of masks for children in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It does not address the use of masks for adults working with children or parents/guardians or the use of masks for children in health-care settings. This interim guidance will be revised and updated as new evidence emerges.
This guidance provides specific considerations for the use of non-medical masks, also known as fabric masks, by children as a means for source control in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The document is an annex to the WHO’s Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-191 in which further details on fabric masks can be found. This annex also advises the use of medical masks for children under certain conditions. For the purposes of this guidance, children are defined as anyone below the age of 18 years.
This animated video, produced by Save The Children Nepal, shows best practices for hand washing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The video demonstrates several steps and hand motions to perform in order to both thoroughly wash your hands and with sufficient time to kill almost all viruses and bacteria.
- Ayush Joshi
This animated video, produced by Save The Children Nepal, explains the various signs of mental distress in children due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the video, parents should watch for their children exhibiting quick temper, panic, restlessness, changes in appetite, shyness, loss of interest, or other behaviors which would reflect poor mental health.
- Ayush Joshi
The coronavirus outbreak has caused major disruptions to daily life and children are feeling these changes deeply. While the return to school will be not only welcome but exciting for many students, others will be feeling anxious or frightened. This article offers tips to help children navigate some of the complicated emotions they may be facing with going back to school.
This short video is a story told by the actor Donald Sutherland about a little boy named Amos. Amos learns from his mother that the family cannot go out for fear of catching the virus COVID-19, and the video deals with Amos’ fears and how he and his mother overcome them.
Source: Rainbows in Windows
The New York City School Library System website has a page which offers a large collection of free e-books for children about COVID-19. The books are from many countries, in a selection of languages. All of the books are free to download from the site.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated their guidelines for reopening of schools and childcare centers as of July 23, 2020.
The resources and tools made available on that date support how to open schools safely by promoting behaviors that prevent spread, altering how a school and school day is structured, and outlining how to keep the school environment healthy through cleaning, proper ventilation, and other practices. The resources and tools also describe what to do to guard against someone who might be sick from infecting others and what to do if this occurs.
The resources, available here, also provide students, school administrators, parents, guardians, or caregivers the information they need to guide their decision-making on attending in-person curriculum and how to adapt to local conditions.
The COVID-19 response under Breakthrough ACTION Cambodia includes a six-episode children’s and caretakers’ animated series aimed at disseminating key COVID-19 messages focused on key behaviors (e.g., handwashing, self-isolation) and prevention of COVID-19.
This was developed in coordination with UNICEF and approved by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS). This first episode aired in May 2020 and was shared through the Facebook pages of the MoEYS, UNICEF and Save the Children, and broadcasted on several local TV channels. It is available in Khmer and sign language.
This page offers answers to questions about breastfeeding issues and COVID-19.
The questions include:
- Can COVID-19 be passed through breastfeeding?
- In communities where COVID-19 is prevalent, should mothers breastfeed?
- Following delivery, should a baby still be immediately placed skin-to-skin and breastfed if the mother is confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19?
- Can women with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 breastfeed?
- If a mother confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 does not have a medical face mask should she still breastfeed?
- I have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and am too unwell to breastfeed my baby directly. What can I do?
- I had confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and was unable to breastfeed, when can I start to breastfeed again?
- I have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, is it safer to give my baby infant formula milk?
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