Proactive or Reactive?

Updated: Jun 25, 2020

Coronavirus - COVID-19 the disease and SARS-CoV-2 virus

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease associated with the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

"it's best to be more cautious,"

Clearly, worldwide, many schools have been closed as a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus-19 Whilst we have not yet reached this point in the UK, The advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is that where schools remain open (all educational settings, including nurseries) that children and their families remain protected and informed, the guidance calls for

  • Providing children with information about how to protect themselves

  • Promoting best handwashing and hygiene practices

  • Providing hygiene supplies

  • Cleaning and disinfecting school buildings, especially water and sanitation facilities

  • Increasing airflow and ventilation

The new guidance also offers helpful tips and checklists for parents and carers, these actions include:

  • Monitoring their children’s health and keeping them at home from nursery / school if they are ill.

  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth and nose

  • Promoting best handwashing and hygiene practices and providing hygiene supplies

  • Encouraging older school-age children to ask questions and express their concerns

“so, what steps does this mean for us at nursery?”

There is insufficient data known about how long this particular strain of virus survives on surfaces, other known coronaviruses can last between a few hours to a few days depending on the surface, the temperature and humidity levels.

I am suggesting the following precautions at Saplings: