How to Calm Back-to-School Jitters as Coronavirus Lingers

  • By Lee Kum-sook

    June 01, 2020 12:48

    Children and youngsters are returning to school, but some attend only once or twice a week to maintain social distancing, and jitters remain high as authorities are sending them back if new infections are detected nearby.

    Some of the fears are psychological rather than founded in fact. Song Min-jae at Korea University Guro Hospital said, "It's important to tell students that anxiety is a natural response, and that we're not the only ones in the world experiencing these problems."

    Song cautioned against parents communicating their stress too palpably to their children, overreacting to the latest coronavirus-related news.

    Instead, parents should calmly explain why a return to school is necessary now authorities have made the decision.

    Doctors explain that going school is helpful for students as a return to normal life and to assist those who feel isolated and anxious.

    Fears of infections can be overcome by teaching effective prevention. Parents should talk with their kids in advance if they decide not to send them to school until the epidemic slows down.

    Of course there is no telling when the virus will fade. This is why experts say parents need to talk to their children about what is being done. Teachers should also share information with students, and everyone needs to maintain proper hygiene measures.

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