Kids and COVID-19: Information Kit

The latest COVID-19 news and resources, as well as tips to protect you and your family.

As the coronavirus has spread, so has misinformation – fueling discrimination and stigma. The Right Start team is working with health experts to promote facts over fear, bringing trustworthy guidance to Namibian parents, caregivers and educators.

24/7 COVID-19 toll free number: 0800100100

How Can I Protect Myself And My Children From Covid-19?

According to the Ministry of Health and Social Services, everyone should:

1. Wash your hands often:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry;
  • Avoid touchingyour eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
2. Avoid close contact:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 meters between the person who is sick and other household members;
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread Coronavirus.

WASH - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.

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3. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick;
  • Face masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance;
  • If you are around others and do not have on your mask, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • NOTE: Children under the age of 2 should not wear masks as these are a choking hazard for young children.
4. Clean and disinfect:
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily using household soap and water. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets and sinks;
5. Monitor Your Health:
  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19, epecially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance.
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