With Coronavirus making the headlines almost every day now, it has definitely been alarming to everyone and especially parents. The first detection in an infant a couple of days ago has sparked fear in a lot of parents even leading to panicked visits to the hospital even at an innocent sneeze.

To help you with this predicament, we have listed down all the things you need to know to protect your little one from the virus and identify whether he or she is showing signs of the infection.

Firstly, make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your baby. Here’s how —

1. There is no need to panic. For now, multiple reports have stated that unless you are in China, the odds of encountering the virus are still low. Which means there is no immediate risk.

2. Stay updated but do not trust everything on the internet. The virus is new, but it’s part of a family of viruses that originates in animals. The virus is spread by inhaling droplets from an infected person, or by your hands picking up the virus and then touching your eyes.

3. There is a test to know whether you have contracted the illness of not. If you see symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath, make sure to visit a medical practitioner immediately.

4. There is no need to panic. For now, multiple reports have stated that unless you are in China, the odds of encountering the virus are still low. Which means there is no immediate risk.

– “Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.”

– “Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.”

– “Avoid close contact with people who are sick.”

Lastly, don’t bother with wearing the surgical masks. According to this NYTimes story, a doctor said, “I’m more concerned about a mask affecting a child’s breathing than I am about them contracting the virus at this point”

Finally, do not worry about it too much dear moms. As we said, this will probably be the headlines for a few more months so make sure you and your baby are happy and safe by following all the necessary preventive measures. And if you have any more “Credible” information regarding the virus and how to identify it, please share it in the comments below!

Stay healthy. Stay safe!

– written by Pratibha Jeyaraj