Steps to take with your Nanny during Coronavirus outbreak
The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is top-of-mind for many people and families. Urban areas may be at an increased risk because they have a denser and more-traveled population.
If you employ a nanny, you may be wondering what to do if your nanny develops symptoms or about precautions they should take when caring for your children.
Preventive measures for your home
Coronavirus spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with one another and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Hand washing, as well as other good hygiene practices, can help prevent spreading germs at home.
These practices include:
- Washing your hands frequently – especially when you return home after being out in public –and ensuring your nanny and children do the same.
- Placing anti-bacterial hand sanitizers throughout your home and encouraging everyone to use them frequently.
- Staying away from people who appear to be sick.
- Covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow when you sneeze or cough, dispose of tissues immediately and use hand sanitizer.
- Seeking medical attention if you begin to feel sick.
- Besides the preventive measures for your home, you may want to limit using public transportation, going on errands, and visiting public places
- If your nanny takes public transportation to get to work, you could adjust their hours to start later and end later, so they avoid rush hour. Or you could pay for a ride-sharing service, so they steer clear of public buses.
It’s also a good idea to continue disinfecting frequently touched surfaces including:
- Children’s toys
- Doorknobs and handles
- Computers, tablets, and laptops
- Chair and arm rests
- Kitchen countertops
- Dining room table and chairs
- Sinks, toilets, and faucets
- Remote controls