Keeping Your Family Protected During COVID-19

Keeping Your Family Protected During COVID-19

This COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in one way or another. In Singapore, it is very encouraging that daily cases have dropped but until a vaccine can be made available, the COVID-19 sadly is here to stay.

Having said the above, there is always some positive in every negative situation. As a Chinese proverb goes, “misfortune may be a blessing in disguise”. Working from home during this pandemic has become a norm these days and because of this opportunity, parents have been able to spend more time with our children, thus forging a stronger bonding with them.

In times like this, protecting our children and loved ones is a parent’s primary goal. Here are some ways to ensure that you and your family members stay safe and are protected:

Practice daily hygiene habits

Parents are the main source of information and guidance for their children when it comes to hygiene, so it is important to teach them how to apply daily hygiene habits including washing of hands and practicing social distancing when in public places. These are helpful in ensuring their personal well-being.

The following are some good hygiene habits you and your family members can practice to reduce the risk of being infected:

  1. Always wash your hands with soap and water; and shower upon returning from public places
  2. Follow physical markers for social distancing guidelines in public places
  3. Avoid touching common surfaces like door handles and elevator buttons; if there is a need do use gloves, and sanitize your hands immediately after
  4. Avoid contact with people exhibiting symptoms, for example, cough, flu, or fever
  5. Use a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand

Communicate effectively on the dangers of COVID-19

It is important to share COVID-19 updates with young children (or even older family members who are not well-aware of the situation) so that they are informed on the pandemic. Providing information such as how COVID-19 affects one’s health can be helpful in educating them on the dangers. While providing communication, always take note of these pointers:

  1. Be Transparent: Be open and honest with your family members. Do not hide or stretch the truth or the facts.
  2. Use credible channels to obtain the information: While social media and messaging apps have made it easier for us to obtain information, unfortunately, they can be a channel for fake news or rumours. Hence, the best and most credible source for COVID-19 information in Singapore is the Ministry of Health (MOH) website. The Government will regularly update the MOH website with the latest information providing status updates of confirmed cases, precautionary measures, health advisories, and more importantly, debunking fake news.

Ensure you and your loved ones have insurance protection plans in place:

Even as the number of local cases has plateaued out, concern amongst the general public continues to stay. The COVID-19 situation affects primarily one’s health; hence, it is crucial to ensure that you and your loved ones have adequate protection plans in place. Below are some pointers to consider if you are thinking of purchasing an insurance plan during this period:

  1. Buy a plan that suits your needs – there are many different plans offered by insurance companies in Singapore so is important to speak to a Financial Consultant who can advise you on what best suits yours and your family’s needs.
  2. Do a financial review – Some of us may already have certain insurance plans in place but are not exactly sure if they are enough. Now is the perfect opportunity to have a chat with your Financial Consultant to do a financial review. You can then find out if you have any gaps that need to be covered and your Financial Consultant will be able to recommend some potential solutions to address those gaps.

Everyone has a role to play in limiting the impact of COVID-19 and only when we all play our part can we fight this virus together. In the words of World Health Organization’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: It is everybody's business, and we should all contribute to stopping this pandemic.

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