In pre-pandemic times, which look like other eons, you can pack families for multistate overland trips and keep kids entertained with bingo trips. Your child will peek out of the back seat window and mark the bingo card box when they see, say, a farmhouse, service station or police car (hopefully no one is pulling you for ignoring the speed limit sign they also found a few miles back) ). Our world may become smaller when we take shelter on the spot and roam mostly for important services or to exercise near home, but we can still have a travel bingo experience. Below are the cards for the indoor and outdoor game versions. Download and cut the card, or take photos on your mobile and mark the scenes you see using the photo application or Instagram or Snapchat. Congratulations! (Marissa Voo for The Washington Post / For The Washington Post) Inside Card 1 Inside Card 2 Inside Card 3 Inside Card 4 (Marissa Voo For The Washington Post / For The Washington Post) Outside The Elizabeth Chang Room edits travel and health content for the Washington Post, where she also works as a magazine editor, copy editor and occasional writer. Illustration: Marissa Voo for The Washington Post. Design: José L. Soto. More from Travel: A board game with a travel theme [Sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter to track the outbreak. All stories linked in the newsletter are free to access.] Exercises that everyone must do during a pandemic: squats Good reading for seat passengers.
Although there are distance social measures around the world that warn people against close contact with others, including kissing, hugging and shaking hands, Switzerland says children under ten and grandparents can hug, stressing that children children are less likely to transmit the coronavirus virus.
Swiss authorities say that it is safe for children under the age of ten to hug their grandparents, revising their official advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The country is now slowly lifting restrictions, with some businesses allowed to open and schools will resume in two weeks.
The country’s lockdown comes after a sudden surge in infections in the past few months. Now, the number of confirmed cases reaches 29,500, with 1,737 deaths. Health officials say it is now safe to reopen the place of business, provided that precautions are followed.
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Only a brief meeting
Coronavirus disease is dangerous for certain vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, those who have an underlying medical condition, and those whose immune systems are weak. People with medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and cancer are more likely to experience severe illness.
In studies of the coronavirus pandemic, children are less likely to suffer from severe COVID-19, but they can still be infected with the virus, which causes mild to moderate disease.
Daniel Koch said that scientists recommend that small children do not transmit the virus, making it safe for them to visit their grandparents, who are vulnerable to COVID-19. However, health experts say that the contact or meeting must be brief and not involve childcare. Children cannot live with their grandparents for a long time.
Dr. Koch added that when suggestions about keeping a distance between children and grandparents were formulated, there was limited information and data on how the corona virus was transmitted.
“Children are practically not infected and do not transmit the virus. And most children are infected by their parents. That is why young children are not at risk for patients or grandparents who are at high risk. So it is legal that grandparents have physical contact with smaller children. If children get older, for example, from the age of 10, the risk increases, then this contact is no longer desirable, “Dr. Koch, head of the infectious disease unit at the Federal Department of Public Health (FOPH), said.
He added that the recommendations from the state health department were based on consultations conducted with infectious disease experts and pediatricians from major universities in Bern, Zurich and Geneva. Although the ultimate goal is to protect older adults from disease, it is not children who carry danger, but their parents. Therefore, they do not recommend grandparents caring for children, but a short meeting can be held.
Note of caution
Now, the leading World Health Organization (WHO) says that they are finding out whether grandparents can hug children safely without risking being killed by the virus. Maria Van Kerkhobe, technical head of the WHO emergency program, made the statement after Swiss recommendations to reduce locking measures, including allowing brief meetings between children and parents.
However, chief German virus expert Christian Drosten said that there is still limited data to conclude that children cannot transmit the virus. Various studies have focused on children who have contracted the virus, but it is not clear if they can pass it on to others.
In the UK and many other European countries, guidelines remain that children should not make contact with their grandparents. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that although it is important for families to be together, it is more important that vulnerable people continue to be protected.
Globally, the coronavirus pandemic has now infected more than 3.25 million people, while the number of deaths has exceeded 233,000. The United States remains the country with the highest number of infections, with more than one million confirmed cases. Spain, Italy, Britain, France and Germany have reported high numbers of infections, 213,435, 205,463, 172,481, 167,299 and 163,009 confirmed cases, respectively.
LAHORE – Senior Punjab Minister Abdul Aleem Khan said that caring for children with birth defects is a shared responsibility of the government and society. He said that special children’s problems were very close to his heart; therefore, he has obtained special permission from Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar to bring improvements in this sector.
He expressed this view when chairing a special education department meeting here Thursday. Provincial Special Education Minister Chaudhry Muhammad Akhlaq and Special Education Secretary Syed Javed Iqbal gave briefings during the meeting.
Aleem said that a modern gym with special facilities for special children would be established in major cities of Punjab and in the first stage, a sophisticated gymnasium would be inaugurated in Lahore by the Chief Minister of Punjab soon. He said that awareness must be created about the education and training of children with disabilities in rural areas where people still consider them a burden and keep them locked in their homes.
Aleem expressed satisfaction with the fact that the best services are being provided for the education and care of special children by the Ministry of Special Education.
Aleem directs relevant officials that the department must hold a joint meeting with NGOs to form an advisory board, so that they can benefit from each other’s experiences.
He said that concrete and practical steps must be taken for the welfare of these children. He said that many steps needed to be taken to access children with disabilities. He said the building must be designed so that special children can access it and enter easily. He directed the Department of Special Education to ensure that students do not face difficulties and develop long-term plans that can ensure better care for these children throughout the province.
Because schools remain closed and travel remains stalled due to COVID-19 preventive measures, companies and innovators are coming up with more and more ways families can continue to teach children about different cultures around the world. Parents who need to improve education at home or find inspiration to entertain children can choose from printable coloring sheets, virtual tours, activity books, interactive websites, live videos and daily lesson plans from famous characters.
Mainstay online travel Kayak recently launched a new site called Crayon, a collection of more than 60 pieces of coloring that can be printed from some of the most famous landmarks and cities in the world around the world. The sheets range from the iconic facade of Amsterdam to the height of Mount Fuji.
KAYAK also released Escape Content Guide, an interactive site that contains travel-inspired games, such as Paris-themed word search, travel trivia for children and place-based adventure videos provided for children.
Tiny Travelers, a B Corp with a mission to inspire children to fall in love with a diverse world and culture, offers a country-specific activity book called Tiny Travelers Treasure Quest. This unique search-and-find “board book” illustrates geography, language, food, monuments, and other regional and cultural elements. The books cover Mexico, China, Puerto Rico, India, Japan and Italy, with more countries on the way. The company also recently launched the Encantos Online Learning Center, which provides printed lesson plans and activity sheets to learn about countries around the world.
The journey stops, but new ways to teach children about the world and culture emerge … [+] all over.
The Houston Children’s Museum Education Team has begun sharing DIY experiments, fun activities, and behind-the-scenes content from its exhibits on YouTube, Instagram and the Museum’s Twitter page.
The Lincoln Children’s Zoo Facebook page broadcasts a “Keeper Corner” every day that allows children to meet with zoo and zoo keepers, including everything from sloths to tigers. Listen to 3PM CST.
The Central Coast Aquarium in San Louis Obispo has created a free “Ocean Explorer Activity Book” specifically designed for families, with more than 60 pages of activities for children of all ages.
Legendary documentary narrator Sir David Attenborough has begun teaching children geography lessons at BBC’s Bitesize Daily Lessons for homeschooling. Parents can choose age-specific lessons, and six 20-minute lessons are shown daily.
The Houston Space Center now offers a free application to encourage a deep learning experience from home and spark curiosity in the next generation of space explorers. This app features a self-guided virtual tour of the Space Center, an augmented reality experience where children can explore the Moon or watch the launch of Saturn V, audio stories about NASA’s historic and future achievements, and more.
The Houston Zoo turned to Facebook Live to bring their zoo animals online until the zoo reopened later this year. Every weekday at 11:00 CST, zookeepers share updates about what their animals are doing so people can watch from home and ask questions about their favorite animals. The 20-minute video includes some unique and close opportunities to see the animals in action.
The environment of raising children has a significant impact on their risk for severe depression later in life, a recent study has found and also notes the importance of caring for the environment when a child is at risk.
Washington DC: The environment of raising children has a significant impact on their risk for severe depression later in life, a recent study has found and also notes the importance of caring for the environment when a child is at risk.
This research was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. In the study, the authors analyzed the health records of siblings and were half full with at least one biological parent with depression who had been raised by their biological parents or in carefully screened adoption homes. Generally, children in adopted homes show a lower risk, but whatever the circumstances, episodes of severe depression in the elderly mean that children are more susceptible to depression itself.
“Environmental Preservation and Risk for the Great Depression: Joint Control Research with Swedish High-Risk Families – Led and Adopted by Himself” – led by Kenneth S. Kendler, MD, with Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and Kristina Sundquist, MD, Ph.D. , from Lund University in Malmo, Sweden – involving data from the Swedish National Sample.
The researchers identified 666 pairs of siblings full of high risk and 2,596 pairs of half-siblings of high risk each with at least one child raised at home and one adopted. High risk is defined as having at least one biological parent with severe depression. In Sweden, adoptive parents are carefully screened and undergo a rigorous selection process to ensure their ability “to provide a supportive home and generally benefit their adopted child.
“In the full sibling group, the risk of severe depression among adoptive siblings was 23% lower than the siblings raised at home with their biological family. In the sibling group, the risk of depression was 19% lower for adopted children. For both groups full and half siblings, the protective effect of adoption disappears when foster parents or step siblings experience major depression or when the study authors conclude that their results “further strengthen the evidence that a high-quality maintenance environment can significantly reduce the level of severe depression in individuals at risk high family. “
The research also “supports efforts to improve the maintenance environment in high-risk families as an approach to primary prevention of major depression,” the authors wrote. McCna M. Weissman, Ph.D., from Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, noted in the accompanying comment that for the question whether it is nature or care that contributes to the risk of depression, the answer remains “yes,” it is nature and care, with relative proportions and for which types of depression continue to be examined.
However, for this study “the results show a strong impact of the maintenance environment on the risk of severe depression and support the importance of intervention efforts to improve the maintenance environment in high-risk families.” (ANI)