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Coronavirus: Is it okay for your child to play with other children?

In many parts of the world, parents are confused by their children's demands to go out. Because it was very difficult to set rules for young people to spend time with their friends and children to play with other children.

Experts say it is important to set social distances to prevent the spread of the outbreak in countries where there are no prohibitions. For example, is it okay to play tennis, spend time in a children's playground or go to the friends' homes?

Doctor Keri Althoff, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, says that social distance is not only beneficial for adults, but also for children. Children should also stay 2 meters apart. In other words, sports such as basketball or football should be suspended for a while. Games that are less touched and can be played from a greater distance, such as tennis or hide and seek, are not considered objectionable. However, it may sometimes be impossible to warn children to keep the distance and to wait for them to comply during the games played at a closer distance.

"No children stay 2 meters apart from each other in the playground. This is against the spirit of the playgrounds." Considering that the virus lives on some metal surfaces for days, some areas and sports equipment in playgrounds should not be touched. The most reliable method is to stay away from these parks for a while since it is almost impossible to play without touching them. Children almost do not show the symptoms of coronavirus, and the disease is very mild. However, there are risks of transmitting the virus to more sensitive individuals because they are carriers.

So while your child and friend are playing their games in a healthy way, they can infect others. Althoff says that not only other people or those who are vulnerable, parents should also consider themselves.

Doctor Althoff says that social distance does not mean never going out, parents can do outdoor activities with their children, where they can be away from other people. According to Althoff, talking to relatives and friends online while at home will also reduce the pressure on children. Follow the information provided by local governments about which activities are inconvenient. Walk away from children's playgrounds and toy shops. Go outside, do outdoor activities, let it ride on a bicycle or scooter after cleaning it thoroughly. Video chat with your child's friends and extended family over the Internet. Children can be very creative during video talks and play with their peers even through cameras. Take the things your child will love when going out, even a notebook-pen can help him find an activity that he can linger on when he is bored outside.

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