The UAE has begun easing restrictions put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19, but parents are mired in apprehensions.
While online fatigue is becoming a real issue for everyone, children are all the more tired of not being able to see people face to face. As restrictions are lifted, the one doubt all parents have is - can I still take my child to public places?
Research has indicated that children are less susceptible to developing the most serious complications of coronavirus but they are not immune to it. Right now, the best strategies for containing the disease are the ones we already know. Staying away from others as much as possible, wearing face masks and gloves, keeping six feet apart from others when going out and thoroughly washing hands.
Avoid crowded places with children
Doctors also suggest that children must avoid areas buzzing with people.
Dr Mohamed Shafeeq, specialist internal medicine, Medeor Hospital, Dubai, said: "Children must try to avoid being in crowds as their immunity is much less as compared to others. Try to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing. Also, it is important that people who feel like coughing or sneezing should cover their mouth and nose or they should learn how to do it on their elbow."
While prioritising children's mental health, medics also feel it's imperative to educate them about social distancing. This is gaining urgency as little ones gradually begin to venture out with their parents to remain physically healthy and active.