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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

are boys more susceptible to covid-19?

Although the risk for children getting seriously ill from COVID-19 is very low, the data released from the CDC shows that boys are a more susceptible to the disease than girls.  "The research, released on Monday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , found a higher prevalence of COVID-19 in males across every pediatric age group — including infants.  57% percent of the more than 2,572 pediatric cases of COVID-19 studied (out of 149,750 cases overall) were found in males, ranging in age from newborns to 18.  This statistic is slightly higher than the adult cases involving males (53%).  "The researchers conclude that the higher rate of boys testing positive in every pediatric age group “suggests that biologic factors might play a role in any differences in COVID-19 susceptibility by sex.”  Please read the article for more information about genetics + hormones.  Since research + testing for coronavirus are within the early stages, this information should be tempered.   yahoo more

should babies + toddlers wear face masks?

As we now know, COVID-19 can spread between people interacting in close proximity - for example, speaking, coughing or sneezing - even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. Therefore, wearing a face mask is highly recommended to curb the spread of this contagious virus. But, should babies and toddlers be wearing face masks? If your child is under the age of 2, the CDC specifically says he/she should NOT wear a face mask. The CDC does not explain why, but it’s likely because it could be a choking hazard. “Anyone who is wearing a mask should be able to remove the mask, and that’s not a guarantee when you’re under 2 years of age,” says Ashanti Woods, M.D., a pediatrician at Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center. In a perfect world, you should keep your child away from public places; like the grocery store and pharmacy. But sometimes that's just not possible. If you have to take your young child in public, experts say it’s a good idea to do the following:
  • Wear your baby. If your child is still small enough to fit in a baby carrier, face him toward you and try to keep him close to your body
  • Carry your baby in his car seat with a breathable cover. 
  • Push your child in his stroller with a cover.
  • Put your stroller awning down. 
Keep in mind, the concept of wearing masks is more to protect other people. The CDC does recommend that older kids should wear a face mask. “A mask can offer you some protection, but it’s really intended more to protect others than you." what to expect

start a post-pandemic bucket list

A UK mother is inspiring families to dream about post-coronavirus adventures. Rather than focus on what they can’t do, she’s encouraging her children to think about what they can do in the future. In a Facebook post , that has gone viral, she says, "We’ve started a new thing in our house today and sharing it in case anyone else wants to try. Every time we wish we could do something, go somewhere, treat ourselves, see someone we love, visit a new place, invite people to visit us, we’re going to write it down on a post it note and put it in a jar. When all this is over this will be our bucket list and we’ll work our way through the jar and be more grateful than ever for the little and lovely things in our lives. Until then we’ll enjoy watching the jar fill up with magical things to look forward to."

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sharing domestic responsibilities

Every family has their own style of dividing domestic responsibilities during the pandemic.  Does one partner carry all of the burden?  Do partners share?  Do the children get involved?  Since families are self-quarantining at home, it would be a great time to teach your children new kitchen skills, cleaning skills and laundry skills.  Additionally, here are some tips from the washington post on how to get your partner more involved in sharing the burden of household duties:
  • communicate the division of labor - make sure to manage expectations in advance
  • try to schedule a nightly check-in - discuss what worked and what did not work
  • show that childcare work is as important by prioritizing it alongside your other work too
  • own the tasks you take own - be in charge of conception, planning + execution
  • remember that all time is equal - "reading to a child for an hour is just as important as showing up to a meeting"
  • give each other needed breaks
  • respond with kindness + goodwill when your partner asks you to do something
  • radiate goodwill, love + support

look for the "super pink" moon tonight

Tonight, if you have your children look up at the night sky, they will see the " Super Pink Moon ," the biggest supermoon of the year, shining big and bright. The full moon will be closest to the Earth at 221,772 miles (356,907 kilometers) away and the Earth, moon and sun will all align. The moon will look larger and brighter than usual - thus the term " supermoon " - and earning the nickname "Super Pink Moon."  Unfortunately, this doesn't mean that the moon will actually be pink. This supermoon got its name because the April full moon often corresponds with the blooming of pink flowers in eastern North America. Still, "It will be bright and brilliant and absolutely gorgeous," Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC.  space.com .more

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