The current situation of pandemic of Covid-19 will cause more movement in summer from 2021. People will opt for national and international trips and children will also be able to go to traditional ones summer camps. Although, it is important to carry out a series of habits to reduce the risk of contagion.
In this sense, it should be remembered that there are still a few months for children to receive the corresponding dose of Covid-19 vaccine. This means that contagion between them can continue to occur.
Therefore, from the Spanish Association of Primary Care Pediatrics (AEPap) offer a series of tips to reduce the risk of infection among children in the summer holidays. Although the association highlights the benefits of going to summer camps.
Dr. Pedro Gorrotxategi, vice president of the AEPap, explains the positive effects that going to summer camps have on children after the Covid-19 pandemic. “The vision of green spaces makes them relax, have positive attitudes and live with other children,” he says.
Likewise, it highlights the importance of playing with other children after a few hard months marked by the restrictions against Covid-19.
However, Gorrotxategi warns that the pandemic has not yet ended and children still do not receive the vaccine against the virus. Therefore, it will be convenient for them to continue using protection practice to protect themselves against Covid-19.
Recommendations to reduce contagion in summer camps
For all this, the Spanish Association of Primary Care Pediatrics has made a series of recommendations to apply in summer camps and try to limit the possible contagions of Covid-19 as much as possible. It is a way to preserve the safety of children and promote peace of mind among parents.
In this regard, Dr. Gorrotxategi states that “being outdoors, the use of a mask becomes less necessary, but at certain times, if distances cannot be maintained, and in closed places such as a large tent when it is raining, in houses, instead of outdoors, it would be convenient to use them ».
Along these lines, it is convenient to remember that the use of a mask is still mandatory for those over 6 years of age. In addition, masks are also advisable from the age of three, as long as the little one tolerates their use.
On the other hand, in relation to sleeping, pediatricians recommend increasing the safety distance more than usual. “A practical measure would be for them to sleep so that the head of one child coincides with the feet of the next child,” he argues.
If it is a building with different bunk rooms, pediatricians advise reducing the number of children per room. In addition, ventilation is also essential to limit the risk of contagion of Covid-19 and promote hand hygiene among children.
Create bubble groups
The pediatricians of the Spanish Association of Primary Care Pediatrics also highlight that some of the security measures against Covid-19 help against other infections, such as lice or gastroenteritis.
“The interactions of the camping children with other different groups should be limited. Likewise, it would be inadvisable for them to have visits from parents or relatives, to reduce personal interrelationships outward. And in the case of the children of the camp itself, it would also be advisable to hold groups so that, in the event that a participant becomes infected, limit the number of contacts to study or confine “, say the pediatricians regarding the creation of bubble groups.
Finally, the Association of Pediatricians indicate that it would be appropriate for those responsible for the camp to have access to certain Covid-19 detection tests, to be able to use in case a child presents symptoms and to be able to rule out or confirm the presence of the virus.