In Mexico, coronavirus quarantine has kept entire families in seclusion for months. Now, at the peak of the pandemic, with the still latent uncertainty about the end of the massive contagions, the authorities have begun to forecast the dates for resumed activities, including the return to classes of thousands of Boys, Girls and Young People (NNA) in the national territory.
The main effects of quarantine are a increased anxiety and stress, same that affect both children and adults in the national territory. However, The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) released some recommendations so that children and adolescents are less affected by social distancing.
The organization's representative in Mexico, Cristian Roberto Morales Fuhrimann, attended the daily evening conference of COVID-19, led by the Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, to list some strategies that might be helpful to parents.
First, he noted the importance of mitigating the consequences of staying home for a long time. "We can think about how to make children play, that children have playful activities, that children in spite of this physical distance can exercise", said
At home, he recommended try to listen and comfort minors in their fears and anxieties to collaborate in home dynamics.
He assured that if it is difficult for adults to manage the effects of quarantine, for children it becomes even more complicated.
These recommendations were also extended to the authorities, stressing that it must "develop with greater intensity, deploy more strongly the programs of social protection and distance education".
He stressed that the new implementation of online study plans meant a more robust use of educational resources. However, he assured that more attention should be paid to those groups where there are vulnerable girls and boys, such as, for example, migrant or street children.
In addition, he noted that for a minor to have a comprehensive and healthy development it is necessary to have adequate nutrition, responsive care, protection and safety, and good health.
PAHO is not the only international institution that has asked Mexico to pay attention to the situation that Mexican minors are going through. The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) denounced on May 18 an increase in violence against children in Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic and urged the Mexican authorities to "strengthen child protection."
Despite the comments of the current President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has repeatedly denied that domestic violence has increased in the country thanks to the quarantine.
At the press conference, Miriam Esther Veras Godoy, general director of the General Directorate of Quality and Health Education (DGCES), reported that the population under 20 years of age is the least affected by the population, but he is not free from disease.
He announced that during the pandemic a total of 1,417 under 20 years have been infected with COVID-19, with 462 of them considered as active cases of the pandemic.
Regarding the case fatality rate, it was disclosed that it is 1.6% for this sector considering that 24 young people have died from the coronavirus.
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