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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 43-44

Corona virus disease 2019 pandemic containment: Utilizing the opportunity of staying at home for better parenting


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission04-Jun-2020
Date of Decision08-Jun-2020
Date of Acceptance11-Jun-2020
Date of Web Publication30-Jun-2020

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpaet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/JIHS.JIHS_17_20

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  Abstract 


The pandemic of Corona Virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) has affected almost all sections of the community and compelled them to bring about alterations in their daily routine. Moreover, owing to the available epidemiological trends which suggest that most of the affected nations have reported a rapid upsurge in their caseload, the national leaders have been forced to implement restrictions. However, the good thing about these restrictions is that they have brought down both parents and children in the home for a longer period of time. In other words, the outbreak has given time for the parents to use it constructively for their benefit and also enjoy their stay at home. In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic has indirectly created multiple opportunities, wherein parents can understand their children better and utilize the available time for creating awareness about the disease and inculcation of healthy habits among their children, which can significantly reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic, Children, Parenting, World Health Organization


How to cite this article:
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Corona virus disease 2019 pandemic containment: Utilizing the opportunity of staying at home for better parenting. J Integr Health Sci 2020;8:43-4

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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Corona virus disease 2019 pandemic containment: Utilizing the opportunity of staying at home for better parenting. J Integr Health Sci [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 26];8:43-4. Available from: https://www.jihs.in/text.asp?2020/8/1/43/288686




  Introduction Top


The pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has affected almost all sections of the community and compelled them to bring about alterations in their daily routine. This is predominantly because of the 6,287,771 cases and 379,941 deaths which have been reported in the affected 216 nations and territories.[1] The available estimates suggest that the American and the European regions are the most affected and together they account for 81.7% of the global caseload.[1] The disease has been almost detected across all the nations in the world, and it has an overall global case fatality rate of 6%, which is definitely alarming for a novel infection for which there is neither a vaccine nor a therapeutic option availability.[1]

Implemented strategies for containment

Moreover, owing to the available epidemiological trends which suggest that most of the affected nations have reported a rapid upsurge in their caseload, the national leaders have been forced to implement restrictions.[2],[3],[4] These restrictions are being imposed by more than 100 nations and include either complete or partial closure of the educational institutions, geographical lockdown, travel restrictions, and closure of business sector, thereby promoting employees to work from home.[2],[3],[4] From the disease containment perspective, these measures are quite effective, as the disease is primarily transmitted from one person to another through close contacts or droplets. These kinds of restrictions have shown their effectiveness in flattening of the disease curve provided they are strictly adhered.[2],[3]

Opportunity for better parenting

However, the good thing about these restrictions is that they have brought down both parents and children in the home for a longer period of time, and are not allowed to go out. In other words, the outbreak has given time for the parents to use it constructively for their benefit and also enjoy their stay at home.[5] The parents should spend quality time with their kids in knowing what they like to do, encourage them for their creative ideas, switch-off television and phone for a well-defined time to listen to them, and utilize the entire period for knowing their children better. Under usual circumstances, it becomes difficult for parents to observe positive things in their kids, and such a break should be utilized to give our children positive instructions and to appreciate them for the correct things done by them, as they will repeat that even in future and give them a belief that their deeds are being observed. As it is difficult to keep a child quiet for the entire day, the idea should be to spend some time in your free time and asking them to be quiet while you are working periodically.[5]

Suggested potential solutions

In general, it is hard for any parent or child if their daily routine gets altered, but the problem can be sorted out by developing a new routine. The developed routine should be a flexible one, with provisions for both structured activities as well as free time for spending with the children. The schedule can also have some time to educate about safe distancing practices and ensure that the practice of handwashing or respiratory hygiene can be taught through a fun-filled activity.[5],[6] However, there is a definite possibility of kids misbehaving and instead of scolding them, they should be made to understand the right thing and should be always praised for good acts. It is an obvious fact that being at home due to a life-threatening disease can be stressful for parents and the best way to deal with this is accepting the fact that you are not alone in this and all of us are doing the same things to stay healthy and safe. At the same time, instead of listening to the disease-related news the full day, we can allot only specific time for such things and utilize the remaining time for speaking about our stresses to our family members.[5]

Finally, the parents should be willing to talk about the disease to their children to improve their level of awareness about the disease, the do's and the don'ts for the containment of the infection, and the measures by which acquisition of infection can be prevented. The children should be allowed to speak their views and then appropriate explanation can be offered to make them understand the whole scenario. Further, it is vital to understand that we need not know everything about the disease and that is normal. However, the doubts can be clarified through reliable resources and the correct message can be passed on to the children. Thus, the entire opportunity of both parents and children staying at home can be turned into a jovial, healthy, and learning experience, and it will simultaneously aid us in understanding about parenting as well.[5]


  Conclusion Top


In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic has indirectly created multiple opportunities, wherein parents can understand their children better and utilize the available time for creating awareness about the disease and inculcating healthy habits among their children, which can significantly reduce the risk of disease transmission.

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  References Top

1.
World Health Organization. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report – 135; 2020. Available from: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200603-covid-19-sitrep-135.pdf?sfvrsn=39972feb_2. [Last accessed on 2020 Jun 04].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
UNESCO. COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response; 2020. Available from: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-emergencies/coronavirus-school-closures. [Last accessed on 2020 Jun 04].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Fang F, Luo XP. Facing the pandemic of 2019 novel coronavirus infections: The pediatric perspectives. Zhonghua Er Ke Za Zhi 2020;58:81-5.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.
World Health Organization. ICC-WHO Joint Statement: An Unprecedented Private Sector call to Action to Tackle COVID-19; 2020. Available from: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/16-03-2020-icc-who-joint-statement-an-unprecedented-private-sector-call-to-action-to-tackle-covid-19. [Last accessed on 2020 Jun 04].  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.
World Health Organization. Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advice for the Public: Healthy Parenting; 2020. Available from: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/healthy-parenting. [Last accessed on 2020 Jun 04].  Back to cited text no. 5
    
6.
World Health Organization. 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan. Geneva: WHO press; 2020. p. 1-3.  Back to cited text no. 6
    




 

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