Attention to Covid-19 Precautions in Schools!

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Drawing attention to the importance of correct mask use in schools, Anadolu Health Center Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “Children should be told that the mask should not be touched with dirty hands, and that the hands should be disinfected before and after the mask is changed. At least 2-3 spare masks should be given to the child; He should be taught to change his mask and disinfect his hands after a meal.

Schools open as of Monday, September 6th. Stating that while the COVID-19 vaccination process continues, children should be told and taught correctly about mask, hygiene and distance rules, Anadolu Health Center Pediatrics Specialist Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu also warns about vaccination: “Parents and households with children at school must complete their vaccinations as recommended by the Ministry of Health. We recommend that children over the age of 12, whose vaccine is defined in e-pulse due to chronic illness, and all children whose other vaccines are defined, receive 2 doses of vaccines completely. It seems that it will be possible for schools to remain open only if vaccinations are completed.”

Drawing attention to the importance of correct mask use in schools, Anadolu Health Center Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “Children should be told that the mask should not be touched with dirty hands, and that the hands should be disinfected before and after the mask is changed. At least 2-3 spare masks should be given to the child; He should be taught to change his mask and disinfect his hands after a meal.

Reminding that attention should be paid to the importance of social distance at school, Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “Social distance should be followed, especially in crowded areas such as canteens, breaks and cafeterias. The child should be told that all kinds of contact with friends (walking hands, making jokes, etc.) should be avoided.”

Young children can buy masks from their favorite characters.

Reminding that especially young children can wear masks with their favorite characters so that they can develop their mask wearing habits, Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “In addition to the ready-made cartoon character masks, masks can be sewn or purchased from the characters he likes. However, it is important that the masks have a protective feature. At least 2 layers of cotton fabric suitable for the child's face should be chosen. Emphasizing that hands should not be touched by the mask, face, mouth and nose after touching the common areas, Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “Children should be told that hands must be disinfected after touching areas that everyone touches, such as door handles, sinks, and stair railings. Especially younger children should be taught to wash their hands for 20 seconds.

Pencils and erasers should not be exchanged in the classroom.

The use of disinfectants by young children should be checked and the child should be told how much disinfectant is appropriate and how to clean their hands. Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “Children should be told that products such as erasers, pencils, sharpeners and books should not be shared with their other friends in the classroom. Outdoor food should not be consumed and should not be kept in schools. Children should be taught that food and drink should not be shared during this process. Food should be taken from home if possible. Hand cleaning should be ensured before eating and drinking.

Children should have spare masks with them.

Pediatric Health and Diseases Specialist Dr., who said that children should be taught to wear masks, wash hands and use disinfectants after touching areas such as toilet bowls, toilet seat covers, and siphon while using the common sink as well as the classroom. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “Children should have spare masks and disinfectants with them. When sneezing or coughing in situations where a mask is not used, such as eating, the mouth should be covered with a paper tissue, if there is no tissue paper, it should be covered with the elbow of the hand. People who cough, sneeze or look sick should be avoided.

In case of a sudden illness at school, the teacher should be informed.

Explaining that in case of a sudden illness such as fever, runny nose, cough and shortness of breath during school, the teacher should be informed quickly. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “It should be explained that they can be protected from all kinds of viruses and germs as long as they follow the rules of mask, distance and hand hygiene. It should be explained that the hands should never touch the mouth, face, nose and eyes. Teachers and parents should be told that this epidemic will end sooner or later, that they should not turn it into a phobia, and that it is enough to comply with the measures.”

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