How to spend your time if you have to stay home because of the novel coronavirus

Tips for kids

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Children and mother playing cards
Ueslei Marcelino

10 March 2020

If the school you are studying is closed and you have to stay at home, enjoy the free time you have at your disposal and do the things you like, but for which you haven’t had enough time so far. But do not forget the hygiene rules: wash your hands often and do not touch your face if your hands are not disinfected.

If you’re staying home because you are isolated because of a suspected coronavirus infection, yours or someone’s close to you, either a colleague or family member, do not worry.

You may be in the situation of having to stay at home because you returned in the last two weeks from an epidemic-affected area or contacted an infected person. You will have to stay home for 14 days without seeing your friends or family members.

It is normal to have many questions about how this situation affects you and how the coronavirus works. Talk to an adult about your concerns and tell them openly the things that make you anxious. No question is "too childish" if you are very worried or about your health.

Keep washing your hands very well, do not touch your face with dirty hands or after touching things that others have touched, listen to the doctor's advice and you will be safe.

Here are some things you can do to make the time you spend at home as enjoyable as possible

  • There are many fun games you can play alone or with your family. Do not spend too much time on TV, computer or mobile.
  • Listen to music and read. Consider the time spent at home an unplanned vacation that you can enjoy.
  • Do your homework and keep in touch with teachers or classmates. It will be easier for you to catch up with your lessons when you return to school.
  • Eat as healthy and varied as possible. Fruits and vegetables have many vitamins that keep you in shape and make you stronger in the face of disease.