Programs must establish, implement, and monitor a system of health and safety practices to ensure that children and staff are always safe. Regular staff, consultants, contractors, temporary staff, substitute staff, and volunteers must receive training in health and safety practices.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, the novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as other viruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. While there are many types of human coronaviruses including some that affect the respiratory tract, COVID-19 has been recognized as a new disease that has not been previously documented in humans (CDC, 2020).
The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) have stressed the importance of social distancing since the spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (at least 6 feet), wearing masks in public places, washing hands frequently, and avoiding touching the nose and mouth areas.
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol.