What started from the markets of Wuhan, China has now become a worldwide pandemic, and the world is effectively in panic mode. The situation gets more and more treacherous as you are reading, but we mustn’t lose hope during this chaotic time.

We should try our best to carry on with the regular routines of our lives and try our best to have positive experiences in a safe and controlled manner. Now, the best way to control this virus and slow down its spread is public isolation. 

We should be staying in our homes and avoiding contact with others as much as possible. Still, we don’t know how long this problem is going to last for, and any of us would be driven mad if they only had the characters from “frozen” and “toy Story” as the companions of their children. 

Therefore, you might be thinking of setting up a playdate for your kids, and you might be wondering if it is safe. Well, if you want it to be, you will need to set some ground rules. Of course, you should not be organizing any large birthday parties or play dates with a lot of guests; however, a small play day with a couple of the neighborhood children is not that big of a risk.

Here are some rules that you need to follow if you are planning a small playdate for your kids.

Rule 1: Educate yourself about the virus: 

Until a vaccine is developed, the best thing is to follow the guidelines of the doctors and medical experts. More importantly, we need to start taking this problem more seriously. We need to learn more about this virus and how it affects people of different ages.

According to the current understanding, the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions like diabetes are at a higher risk of getting infected. Young people are at a significantly lower risk of infection, and the risk is even lower in children. 

However, even though most children aren’t affected too much by COVID 19, they can still act as carriers of the virus and transfer it to someone more vulnerable to it like their parents or grandparents. 

Therefore, even in the case of a play date, attention to safety is quite essential. Moreover, also though a person may not be showing any symptoms of COVID 19, they can still transfer the disease if they are affected, therefore, even if you experience the slightest signs of a cold, or the flu, get yourself tested. Hopefully, it is just going to be spring allergies or seasonal flu, but testing will help you be sure and achieve peace of mind. 

Rule 2: Everybody must wash their hands regularly:

Coronavirus can be transferred in various ways. The virus does not infect through the air, but the germs can stay on surfaces for a very long time. When we touch one of these surfaces and then touch our face, the virus can infect us quite quickly.

Therefore, firstly, you should avoid going out of your home to public areas. And secondly, if you do happen to leave your home, try not to touch open surfaces, like door handles and buttons on a lift, etc. Moreover, keep your hands away from the face, and as you get home, wash your hands and face with soap, and change your clothes.

Furthermore, the same precautions must be followed if you are organizing a playdate. Remind everyone to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer regularly. Before eating anything, tell the kids to wash their hands, and supervise them to make sure that they are doing it correctly.

According to experts, you should wash your hands with antibacterial soap for at least twenty seconds; however, you should try to wash them for an entire minute for proper safety. 

Rule 3: Keep yours and the kids’ immune system healthy:

Until a vaccine is developed, our best bet to beat COVID 19 is to maintain a healthy and robust immune system. We have seen many people recover from the virus because of healthy immune systems. A study performed by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Australia shows that with a robust immune system, you can prevent an infection, even if you come in contact with the germs of the virus.

Therefore, you need to keep yours and your kids’ immune system healthy and robust. There are various ways to do so, some of which are mentioned below.

  • Ensure a healthy sleep cycle
  • Increase the amount of vitamin C in your diet
  • Spend some time in the sun to get the requisite amount of Vitamin D
  • Use a medical breakthrough massage chair to boost your immune system.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking
  • Exercise and get active
  • Manage stress

Rule 4: Keep the playdate indoors:

Finally, if you are organizing a playdate for your kids, make it an indoor event. As the authorities and medical experts are suggesting, you should be isolating yourself, and spending most of your time at home.

Therefore, plan some fun indoor activities like arts and crafts, watching a fun movie, or playing in the backyard. However, if your kids are playing outdoors in the garden of your home, make sure that they wash their hands and face when they come back in.

Though most restaurants are closed, some fast food joints are still doing home deliveries, but you should avoid ordering food from the outside and stick to what you have made at home. Check out some online recipes for fun and delicious snacks that you can make at home for your kids and their friends. 

To sum it all up, COVID 19 has had a severe impact on our lives, and though the situation may seem dire now, there is light at the end of the tunnel. If you follow the guidelines of the medical authorities and be safe and careful, by following the rules in this post, you will surely be able to stay safe at your home until this whole mess blows over. That’s all, and we hope that you and everyone else stay safe and healthy. 

Author’s bio:

Anthony writes this article. He believes words have the power to influence people and disseminate knowledge artistically. Even though he writes for no particular niche, his passion for blogging has driven him to take up writing in his leisure time to accompany his studies.

Cite this article as:
Editorial Staff, "4 Rules Of Play Dates During Corona Crisis," in Medicalopedia, March 24, 2020, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/8557/4-rules-of-play-dates-during-corona-crisis/].