Taking Care of Others by Taking Care of OurselvesAdvice
March 21, 2020
By Cara Natterson, MD
I’ve worked with American Girl to teach girls—and boys—about how to best take care of their bodies, minds, and spirits. I’m passionate about giving our kids the tools they need to be healthy and strong as this new coronavirus shifts how we need to think about taking care of ourselves, inside and out.
We are social beings and living our lives apart in this age of coronavirus is difficult. It’s hard to isolate ourselves when we long to laugh with friends, learn with classmates, and vacation with family. But by taking a few steps to keep yourself healthy and safe, you can also keep so many others in your community healthy and safe.
Stop the spread.
- STAY HOME! This is called social distancing or physical distancing. Basically, if people don't hang out in a physical space, then they cannot share their germs. Remember, lots of people who have coronavirus feel fine, and they don’t realize they are carrying the virus. But they might still be infected, and then it can spread through the air with coughs or sneezes and on surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, or even on other people through high fives and hugs.
- Wash your hands. If you do leave the house, wash your hands really well every time before you leave and once you are home again. This means washing with soap and warm water for 20 seconds (that’s how long it takes to sing the ABCs twice).
- Keep your distance. Go outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, but follow the six-foot rule, which means keeping yourself at least six feet away from other people (who don’t live in your home). This means you can catch up with a friend at a park and kick a ball, take a jog, or go for a walk. But don’t play games that require you to touch balls with your hands and don’t play on playground equipment.
Ease worries and create routine.
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