As simple as it seems, washing your hands with soap and water should not be taken for granted—especially at the current rate the coronavirus pandemic is going. As of this writing, Worldometers reports that there are over 182,000 confirmed cases across the globe with 7,174 of them resulting in death.
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While the number of reported cases among children remain lower than that of adults, parents can’t be too careful. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus. According to UNICEF, respiratory viruses often occur “when mucus or droplets containing the virus get into your body through your eyes, nose or throat. Most often, this happens through your hands.”
Moreover, handwashing prevents the coronavirus from spreading. “Handwashing with soap is one of the cheapest, most effective things you can do to protect yourself and others against coronavirus, as well as many other infectious diseases,” says UNICEF Director of Programmes Sanjay Wijesekera.
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For parents who need a creative way to teach kids the importance of handwashing, this three-ingredient, four-step experiment can help. The experiment was inspired by a Tiktok video that Amanda Lorenzo, a US-based Pre-K teacher, came across. Her Instagram post has since gone viral in other parts of the world.
As soon as actress-model Isabelle Daza saw it, she too took to Instagram to show us how she applied the technique to educate her own son Baltie. The best part? It's easy to replicate at home! Here's how:
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What you need: soap, water, ground black pepper
Step 1: Fill a plate with water and shake some pepper on top
Step 2: Place your finger or hand on the water. It should be covered in pepper.
Step 3: Fill another plate with soap water and place your other finger or hand in it.
Step 4: Place your soap covered hand or finger in the pepper water. Watch the pepper move away.
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Photographs taken from Isabelle Daza's official Instagram account