By a group of doctors belonging to the GGPC (Gauteng General Practitioners Collaboration), a platform for doctors to share resources during Covid-19. Look for #voicesthatcare on the GGPC Facebook page.

As parents and medical practitioners, we are incredibly concerned by the amount of social gatherings, play dates and even birthday parties that we have been invited to and have witnessed that are taking place.

Everyone needs to be extra careful

We would like to remind everyone that currently these practices are not recommended and should ideally be avoided. If visiting of any nature does take place (as we understand families need one another during this time) please remember to adhere to the following safety precautions (these apply to adults and children):

  • Meet outside in fresh air if possible
  • Keep a social distance of at least 1,5m between each person
  • Avoid having meals together – and if you do then keep the safe distance and don’t share food or utensils.
  • Wear masks
  • Wash / sanitize hands often
  • Don’t meet in a large group
  • Keep meetings short
  • Don’t meet with lots of different families. Create quarantine “pods” or “bubbles,” in which two or three families agree to socialize with one another but no one else.
  • It goes without saying that if any one in either household is even slightly sick, there should be no contact at all.

It’s about protecting yourself and others

We should not be meeting with other people or families unless absolutely necessary. Remember that this may not be about protecting yourself but rather about protecting others. Everyone is connected to someone who could be at high risk and this virus is unpredictable.

Without creating fear in our children, we should start to try and teach them the above behaviour. Schools are putting in a lot of effort to ensure our families are safe and we should do the same in our homes.

Credit: Chicago Tribune

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