Having a Child After Placing One for Adoption

Having a Child After Placing One for Adoption

The decision to place a child for adoption has long-term effects on the birth mother. While a birth mother’s decision to choose this option is a selfless act of love, she may feel lasting feelings of pain, guilt, and uncertainty. As a result, this can have effects on future pregnancies. If you are pregnant after placing a child for adoption, you may have different feelings attached to your next pregnancy. Below Adoption Choices of Missouri shares a list of things that you should know if you are pregnant with a child after placing one of your children for adoption.

If you are considering adoption again, here are some things to know:

  1. You can place this child for adoption too.

Sometimes, expecting mothers question if they are able to place another child for adoption after previously doing so. The answer is yes. A birth mother always has the choice to choose adoption if she wants to pursue this route again. There can be any number of reasons why someone might wish to do this. Perhaps the birth mother is still not at a place in her life where she feels she can best provide for her child or maybe she has other children and does not feel that she can have another one at this time. Whatever the reason, adoption is always an option.

  1. You can decide if you want to place your child with the same family or not.

If you decide that adoption is the best option, you may be able to place your next child with the same family you placed another child with. If your baby’s adoptive family is open to expanding their family,  and you are happy and comfortable with the adoption plan you share with the family, then you can certainly place your next child with this family. However, you are in no way obligated to do this. The choice is still yours and you can find another adoptive family if you wish.

If you are considering keeping your next child, here are some things to consider:

  1. You may feel guilty about the child you placed for adoption.

A birth mother who previously chose to place her child for adoption might be at a new stage in her life that allows her to keep her new child. While this is an exciting time, she may feel grief for the child she placed for adoption. It is normal to feel guilty. Sometimes you may feel the absence of your other child much more powerfully than you did before. While the emotions about this new pregnancy may be heightened, know that you are worthy to be a mother. There may be many different reasons why you placed another child for adoption. At the time, you made the decision that was best for both your baby and yourself. Now, you may be in a different place and ready to be a mother. Allow yourself to feel the excitement of this new pregnancy. In having another baby, you are not replacing the one you placed for adoption. They will always have a place in your heart and it is important to not let these negative feelings consume your pregnancy now.

  1. You may have all sorts of emotions and triggers throughout this new pregnancy.

For some mothers, different events may trigger memories from another pregnancy. Allow yourself patience and compassion during these times as it can be incredibly difficult. You may feel alone in this struggle. However,  there are many resources that will put you in contact with the right people. It is important to talk through your emotions during the whole process. Being as open as possible will help you heal during this pregnancy.

Ultimately, an expecting mother who has placed another child for adoption may have many different emotions and questions throughout a new pregnancy. It is important to know your options and to understand some of the feelings you may be having. Know that there are many available resources for you. Finally, allow yourself to feel the excitement of this new chapter in your life. If you have any questions about your next adoption journey, contact Adoption Choices of Missouri now at 1-877-903-4488

Pregnant Woman who Already has a Family

Pregnant Woman who Already has a Family

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Nancy Vegas. I grew up in southern Georgia, and lived there until I met my husband Will. We moved to Missouri for work, and settled down in Kansas City. We had our first child 17 years ago, and our second child followed two years later. We enjoy hiking, mountain climbing, and outdoor photography.

Are you a mother facing an unplanned pregnancy?

Yes. I am. My husband and I took our second honeymoon about 6 weeks ago. It was so romantic to see Venice in all of its splendor. We couldn’t help ourselves. A little bit of red wine, an evening alone without the kids, and viola, caution went out the window. I was a bit surprised to be pregnant at this age, but it is what it is.

Can you afford to take care of another child?

No. We can’t. We are about to send our oldest son, Dylan, off to college. He is attending Dartmouth and, even with some financial support, we are going knee deep in debt to support his education. Meanwhile, our second child, Elizabeth, is a special needs child who requires a lot of at home supervision. I actually stopped working several years ago to take care of her.

Are you considering adoption?

Yes. We are. We thought about terminating the pregnancy, but decided that adoption was the better option. We hope that by placing our unborn daughter for adoption, we will be able to make another family happy. Besides, we would like to have a relationship with our daughter. It’s just that we can’t afford to raise her ourselves.

What type of adoption are you considering?

After talking to an adoption counselor at Adoption Choices, we decided to have an open adoption. We are currently looking for adoptive parents, and hope that whatever adoptive parents we choose will allow our daughter to visit us from time to time. We understand that open adoptions allow for direct contact between the families, and even provide for some visitation opportunities depending on the nature of the agreement.

What do you hope to achieve by placing your daughter for adoption?

We hope to give our daughter the best life possible. If we raised her, we wouldn’t be able to give her the time and financial support she deserves. I’m also slowing down a bit at 46, and can’t imagine taking care of a teenager in my early 60s. However, by placing our daughter for adoption, we are sure to find a family or individual who is able to give her the time, care, and financial support she deserves.

Do you have any prospective adoptive parents in mind?

Yes. We met a nice couple through our Adoption Choices counselor. Their names are John and Mark. They live close to us, share our basic values, and are agreeable to having an open adoption. We are in preliminary discussions with them to create an open adoption agreement that allows us to visit our daughter from time to time.

Do you have anything else you would like to add?

Yes. We highly recommend considering adoption if you find yourself facing an unplanned pregnancy. Our counselor at Adoption Choices has been very considerate and helpful throughout the process. Meeting all of the families and individuals who are interested in raising our daughter has also opened our eyes to the true benefits of adoption. We never knew that adoption could be this rewarding.

Birth mothers come from every background – they are married, single, very young, middle-aged, older –  incredibly diverse. All types of women choose adoption for various different reasons. Some, like Nancy, simply cannot afford another child. For more information, visit Adoption Choices of Missouri or call or text us at 1-877-903-4488.

Professional Pregnant Woman Chooses Adoption

Professional Pregnant Woman

Meet Katie. Katie grew up in a loving stable household. She lived with her parents and two younger siblings. As the oldest, she was always the responsible one. No drugs, no underage drinking, just a normal, if somewhat sheltered upbringing. Her parents didn’t have the best education, so they always expected the most out of their children.

Katie excelled in high school. She attended a magnet school where she was able to take special courses in business and finance. Katie made the honor roll all four years, and graduated 17th in her class of 126. More importantly, she honed her business acumen in preparation for a successful career.

After high school, Katie attended college at the University of Colorado, where she majored in business. Between her classes, boyfriend, and a multitude of extracurricular activities, Katie hardly had a moment to herself. Nevertheless she became the first in her family to graduate from college. Not only that, she graduated magna cum laude.

Katie landed a job soon after graduating from college. Work was tough, but Katie was prepared. She worked late to meet deadlines, and quickly secured a reputation for thoroughness and attention to detail that was unmatched by most of her colleagues. This set Katie on the fast track to a promotion.

Katie received her promotion, and decided to celebrate. She invited her boyfriend and their friends for a Friday night out. They partied a little harder than expected and one thing led to another. Katie woke up the next morning in her boyfriend’s bed with very little recollection of the previous night. A month later, the test came back positive. Katie was pregnant.

Katie has a long term career plan. A child is not part of it. After a lot of careful consideration, Katie decided to place her child for adoption. She contacted Adoption Choices of Missouri and spoke to one of our licensed adoption counselors. They quickly made a plan for an open adoption. This way, Katie could form a relationship with her child without sacrificing her long term career goals.

Not all women who place their children for adoption are irresponsible, drug addicted, teenagers, homeless, or the product of an unstable upbringing.

Women place their children for adoption for a variety of reasons. Some, like Katie, are simply young professionals who aren’t interested in balancing children with their career. Adoption is a loving and wonderful choice! Contact Adoption Choices of Missouri at 1-877-903-4488 for more information or to get started in your Adoption Journey.

 

What will the Adoptive Family or Adoption Agency need to know about me?

Imagine you’re a birth mother placing her child for adoption. You are about to meet the prospective adoptive parents for the first time. You may be nervous, you may be excited. Maybe it’s a combination of both. One thing you are probably thinking of is what will the prospective adoptive parents need to know about me.

The same holds true when you are meeting an adoption counselor at an adoption agency for the first time. Your adoption counselor is sure to have plenty of questions for you. In fact, this is part of the screening process for most adoption agencies. It is understandable to wonder what they want to know and how to answer their questions.

There is no magic list of things adoptive parents or adoption agencies will want to know about birth parents. There is also no magic way to answer the questions. However, prospective adoptive parents and adoption agencies will want to know some key facts. Here are a few questions that you should expect to hear from either an adoption agency or prospective adoptive parents.

1. Your medical history

Depending on whether you are in an open, semi-open, or closed adoption, adoptive families will want to know about your medical history. Specifically, in an open adoption, you can expect to receive at least one question about your medical history. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, just make sure to answer openly and honestly.

2. Your current life situation

Prospective adoptive parents and adoption agencies will want to know a bit more about your current life circumstances. This way, they can gauge your commitment to the adoption and make an informed decision on whether to enter into an adoption plan with you. Again, the best way to answer these questions is to be honest about your situation. Bad life circumstances won’t prevent you from placing your child for adoption. There is an adoptive family out there for every child.

3. Who you are as a person

Prospective adoptive parents and adoption agencies will also want to know more about who you are. They are not trying to be nosey, they are just curious. Whether you are a social butterfly or a homebody, they are sure to be interested in what you have to say.

4. Any substance abuse issues

It is important to disclose any substance abuse issues you may have to both the adoption agency and the prospective adoptive parents. Disclosing them will not prevent you from placing your child for adoption. However, disclosing these issues will help get you the help you need to stay clean throughout your pregnancy.

5. The birth father

Another common question to expect is who the birth father is and whether he plans to be involved in the adoption process. This question is important because some birth fathers will want to be involved in the adoption process or in the child’s life after the adoption occurs. Adoptive parents and adoption agencies will want to know his planned level of involvement so they can create an adoption plan that incorporates him if he so desires.

6. Anything else you may want to share

Sometimes, a prospective adoptive parent or an adoption counselor will ask you an open ended question to see what you feel should be shared with them. This is your opportunity to open up about anything you feel may be important to the adoption process. It will also allow you to share anything that you think is crucial for the wellbeing of your child before and after the adoption.

At the end of the day, there is no way to predict what questions you will receive from prospective adoptive parents or adoption agencies. The best tip to make the most of these meetings is to be open and honest regardless of the questions. This means disclosing the good and bad, including any substance abuse issues or any issues that may affect your safety. Being honest will help you provide the best life for your child. For more information, visit Adoption Choices of Missouri or call or text us at: 816-527-9800.

7 Reasons to Choose Adoption

Adopting a Newborn Baby

Adoption is a perfect way of starting a family! Adoption Choices of Missouri is proud to welcome you to CHOOSE adoption with us! We are often asked WHY a family might choose adoption.

1. You Want to Start a Family. Some circumstances prevent individuals and couples from conceiving a child naturally. There are people who don’t want to start various medical treatments in order to create a family, so their first choice is adoption.

2. You Are an LGBTQ or Single Person. Adoption is also a great option to start a family for LGBTQ couples and individuals who cannot conceive on their own. Adoption also provides many singles the opportunity to start a family and experience the joy of parenthood.

3. You Want to Expand Your Family. Some people choose adoption because they want a large family. Some people have their biological children, but they still choose to adopt newborns and older children because they’ve always dreamt about a large family. Adoption allows them to make their dreams come true.

4. You Want to Help Children. There are more than 153 million children without families around the world. Nearly 400,000 of them live in the United States, more than 100,000 of them are eligible for adoption. Many people decide to adopt to provide a child with unconditional parental love and stable home. Statistics show that children with stable home lives do better in school simply because they have the support they need.

5. You Want to Make a Difference. For some families, making a difference in the life of one child is enough of a reason to adopt. Adoption community is growing day by day. If you decide to adopt, you can easily find other adoptive parents who are willing to help and motivate you to start your adoption journey.

6. You Know a Child You Want to Adopt. Sometimes prospective adoptive parents know that a child is in a bad life situation and they want to give him/her a family so they choose adoption. It’s not difficult to feel a special connection with a child especially if you know his/hers background. Every child deserves a chance to have a loving and caring family. Adoption is just another way of giving the child a home he/she deserves.

7. You Want to Be a Parent. People who are considering adoption want to become parents because they feel emotionally ready to parent a child. Parenthood is the toughest job, but it’s also a very rewarding experience. Adoption will make your dreams of having a family come true. But, it also benefits birth parents who are not ready to become parents.

For many people becoming a parent is the defining moment in life and adoption is a great option for making parenthood dreams a reality. Different people have different reasons for adopting a child. So if you are thinking of making the decision to adopt, go for it! It is really a unique and amazing experience.

Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to help. Visit us online or call or text us at 816-527-9800.

Birth Mother Myths

As long as birth mother myths exist, Adoption Choices of Missouri will be debunking them, sharing positive adoption stories and sentiments, and spreading information. Together, we can defeat the negative stigma that exists from adoptions of the past.

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Just the mere mention of the term “birth mother” can can strike fear into the hearts of many a mother or adoptive-mother-to-be, conjuring up images of heartless teenagers who “give up” their babies to strangers.

But it’s time to re-evaluate the way we think about birth mothers:

1. They give up their children. Birth mothers give up soda. They give up chocolate. They give up smoking. But the one thing they don’t give up are their babies. They place them with loving families that they pick out themselves often for one simple reason: they want them to have a better future than the one they can offer.

2. They don’t love their children. Being pregnant isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Let’s be honest, how many women do you know who will undergo morning sickness, hormonal changes and the myriad of other discomforts that accompany a pregnancy, not to mention, the birth itself only to “give up” their baby at the end of it?

3. They come back to reclaim their children. Some adoptive parents go to the other ends of the earth to adopt a child because they don’t want to deal with a birth mother. But the myth of the birth mother showing up at your front door demanding her baby back is just that: a myth. Most birth mothers spend countless hours on creating an adoption plan in order to make the transition for their child as seamless as possible. The last thing they want to do is come back and disrupt what they’ve created.

4. They’re selfish. Placing a baby for adoption is a life-changing decision that causes hurt and pain. Birth mothers know that, and yet they still go ahead. Why? Mostly because they want their children to be happy. And oftentimes, because they want to make the adoptive parents happy, too.

5. They’re druggies. Some birth mothers do struggle with substance abuse. But that’s not what makes them a birth mother. Non-birth mothers struggle with drugs, too. Although we tend to lump all birth mothers together, doing so is dangerous. One size doesn’t fit all. Just like adoptive parents, birth mothers come in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

6. They’re troubled teenagers. Ah yes, another myth. In fact, most birth mothers are in their 20s and 30s and already raising a child. They know what’s involved and realize they’re not in a position to raise another. That’s why they’ve chosen adoption.

7. They’re promiscuous. Yet another misconception. The truth is, a birth mother could be anyone: the girl next door, a friend, family member, someone you know at work. Just because a woman is facing an unplanned pregnancy doesn’t mean she sleeps around.

8. They can’t wait to get rid of their children. Even though they’re confident they’re making the right decision, saying goodbye to their baby is one of the hardest things a birth mother can do. As part of their hospital plan, many birth mothers spend time with their babies following their birth, holding them, caressing them, hugging them, singing to them, and bathing them. They want to soak up every moment they have together because they don’t know whether another moment like it will ever come.

9. They couldn’t care less where their children end up. With so many couples hoping to adopt, you would think it would be easy for a birth mother to just pick one and move on. Think again. Some birth mothers view hundreds of adoptive parents profiles before making a decision. They don’t want just anyone. They want the perfect family; the one that will love their child just as much as they do.

10. They move on with their lives as if nothing had happened. If only this were true. Placing a baby for adoption is a life-altering experience. Most women who create an adoption plan go through an intense period of grieving after placement. And while having an ongoing relationship with their child can help with the healing process, it doesn’t take away the sting of placement. It’s something every birth mother has to deal with for the rest of her life.

11. They forget their children. Even though birth mothers may not be parenting their children, they never forget them. Despite being physically separated from them, emotionally their children are always present. Most birth parents will tell you that not a day goes by without them thinking about their child. Society may not view birth mothers as mothers. But we can tell you that they worry and miss their children just like any mother.

12. They regret their decision. Placing your baby into the arms of another woman is the hardest thing a mom can do. But by the time that happens, a birth mother will have thought long and hard about her decision and come to terms with it. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. All adoptions are rooted in loss. But no matter what happens next, a birth mother can always take comfort in knowing that she did the best for her child. And that’s something no one should ever regret.

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, for any reason, and want more information on the adoption process visit Adoption Choices of Missouri or call us toll free at 1-877-903-4488.

After the Adoption – What to Do as Adoptive Parents

After the Adoption – What to Do as Adoptive Parents

As adoptive parents, you spend so much time preparing for the adoption you sometimes forget what life will be like after the adoption. Life doesn’t stop after the adoption is finalized. It keeps on going, sometimes at a more hectic pace than before the adoption. You may be wondering what life will be like after the adoption. Here are a few things that you can do after the adoption.

1. Celebrate

An adoption is a huge milestone. Make sure to celebrate and welcome your new family member into your home. Celebrate in whatever way feels appropriate for you, whether that is throwing a party or simply staying at home and enjoying time with your new family member.

2. Update Records

After the adoption is finalized, you will have to update relevant records to reflect that the adoption occurred. This includes filing for a new birth certificate with your child’s new name, applying for a new social security card with your child’s new name, and updating insurance information to reflect that your child is on your plan with his or her new name. Don’t forget to also update (or create) your estate plan.

3. Form a Relationship with your Child

Now is the perfect time to form a relationship with your new child. Many companies offer unpaid time off or even paid time off for newly adoptive parents. Take advantage of the family leave policies that many companies offer to adoptive parents and take some time to build a relationship with your child.

4. Form a Relationship with the Birth Family

Depending on whether you are adoptive parents in an open, semi-open, or closed adoption, you may have the opportunity to keep on building a relationship with your child’s birth family. Forming this relationship is important since your child will almost certainly have questions about their birth family as they grow up. In an open adoption, you can even have direct contact with the birth mother, something that will be crucial in allowing your child to form a loving relationship with both of his or her families.

5. Keep on Learning

Your adoption journey isn’t over. The only difference between before and after the adoption is that now you are a parent. Keep on learning about your child and the best ways to raise him. A good source is your adoption counselor. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, your placement counselor is able to answer any question you have before and after the adoption.

So, there you have it. Five things to do after your adoption is finalized. For more information, visit Adoption Choices of Missouri or call us toll free at 1-877-903-4488.

How to talk to your children about coronavirus

How to talk to your children about coronavirus

 

While we try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, many of us have been confined to our homes. Families are finding themselves spending more time together than ever. For many, this is an unexpected opportunity to connect with spouses, children, and siblings. But one question keeps coming up:

How should parents (adults) be talking about coronavirus to the children?

The tools you should use to talk to children about coronavirus are very similar to how you should talk to them about any other development in their lives.

1. Listen to them

It is important to first understand how much your child knows about the pandemic, so ask them open-ended questions and listen carefully. Listen to them fully, with no distractions, but allow them to undertake a soothing activity like colouring if they are more comfortable that way. Make sure they know they can speak to you or any other adult in their life whenever they need to.

Do not dismiss their concerns, even with reassuring statements such as: “No, that would never happen,” or “Don’t worry about that.” Acknowledge their concerns fully and honestly, and tell them there are countless adults working hard to try to end this.

If your child is very young and does not know about the pandemic, you may not need to bring it up yet, just take this as an opportunity to stress the importance of good hygiene – and go back to colouring together.

2. Be honest with them

Honesty and accuracy can go a long way to helping children come to terms with what they hear, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is important to provide children with information, but as their caregiver, you need to balance truthfulness with what is appropriate for their age and developmental level. “Use age-appropriate language, watch their reactions, and be sensitive to their level of anxiety,” UNICEF advised.

If the child asks a question you do not know the answer to, take it as an opportunity to explore together. Children do not actually need to think the adults in their lives know everything, and researching the answers together is a good opportunity to inform them about what reliable sources of information are out there. A word of caution – do not spend too much time on this as it can increase a child’s anxiety. Keep an eye on their level of focus, breathing patterns and any signs of agitation as a cue to wrap up.

3. Maintain structure in their lives

Children need structure now as much as they ever did, even if they are not physically going to school or attending extracurricular activities. “Keep regular routines and schedules as much as possible, especially before they go to sleep, or help create new ones in a new environment,” UNICEF said. Maintaining a routine tells a child that life has not really changed that much, and that reassurance helps them cope with the things that have changed.

Children are also likely to react to adults’ stress levels, so make sure you take time to do some relaxing activities on your own to keep your own anxieties in check. Finally, take time to play together as much as possible; this keeps children feeling connected and secure.

4. Avoid stigma, share kindness

When talking to children about coronavirus, it is important to avoid language that can lead to assumptions blaming others for the situation. This is likely best done by being as matter-of-fact as possible, and presenting as balanced an image as you can. Explain to children that the illness has nothing to do with what someone looks like or where they come from. Viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Try to ask if the child has experienced, witnessed, or contributed to coronavirus bullying. Use neutral questions, such as: “Have you heard anyone saying one of the kids in your class is making others sick? Why do you think they said that about him/her?” With so much negativity to tackle, you will enjoy an opportunity to share heart-warming stories with your child.

Tell them about the health workers risking their lives, the scientists working around the clock, the volunteers bringing groceries and having conversations through plate-glass windows with elderly quarantined people. You can also encourage them to reach out to grandparents or far-away aunts and uncles more often, using video chat applications. If your child is a fan of crafts projects, you can put them to work making cards for everyone in the extended family, that way they too can take part in spreading some kindness and love.

5. Make hygiene precautions fun

Most children are not fans of standing for 20 seconds while they wash their hands, but we know it has to be done, especially after going to the toilet, before and after eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose. Try to make it fun, sing a few verses of a nursery rhyme or do a little dance with them to help them count down – it takes about 20 seconds to sing Happy Birthday twice.

A points system, praise, or a gold star will also go a long way towards encouraging younger children to cough or sneeze into their elbows or into a tissue they dispose of right away.

Conclusion

These times are unnerving for all of us. Coronavirus dominates headlines and our conversations which, in turn, can pass on our anxieties to children trying to understand what is happening and why they are suddenly isolated from their friends, extended family and regular routines. Children can be particularly vulnerable to feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness during such a crisis, which makes it important that the adults in their lives provide a safe, reliable space to discuss these feelings in.

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus

COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, is sweeping the world, with over 600,000 infected so far. The symptoms can be severe, especially for older adults. Coronavirus can even result in death. In fact, over 28,000 have died from the coronavirus. These grim statistics are resulting in social distancing and shelter in place orders worldwide.

With this worldwide pandemic, the most common question on peoples’ minds is how do they prevent catching the coronavirus. The answer is that there is no surefire way to prevent catching the virus, but that many common sense tips can dramatically reduce your risk of catching coronavirus. Here are four ways to reduce your risk of catching the coronavirus.

  1. Practice good personal hygiene

One of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of catching coronavirus is to practice good personal hygiene. Coronavirus is a respiratory illness, meaning it is spread through respiratory vapor. If someone who has the virus coughs into their hand then opens their front door, the germs in their cough will transfer to their hand and the front door knob. This is why practicing good hygiene is the best way to reduce your risk of coronavirus.

What does good personal hygiene mean? It means a lot of things. First, wash your hands frequently. When washing your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This way, any germs that are on your hands get disinfected and do not transfer to other surfaces. If you do not have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer that has at least 60 percent alcohol. Any less will not kill the germs that spread illnesses such as coronavirus.

Second, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. People touch just about everything with their hands, but they don’t touch much with their elbows. This means that coughing or sneezing into your elbow will reduce the risk that any germs in your cough or sneeze will spread to other surfaces.

Third, do not touch your face. Coronavirus is often spread when individuals who have germs on their hands touch their eyes, nose, and mouths. It is hard to avoid touching your face, but put in the effort. The average person touches their face over 20 times an hour. Reducing this amount will dramatically reduce your risk of accidentally infecting yourself with coronavirus.

  1. Practice Social Distancing

Coronavirus is often spead by people in close contact with each other. This is because respiratory droplets that carry the coronavirus in a cough or sneeze can travel approximately 6 feet. Social distancing is therefore one of the best ways to reduce your risk of catching the coronavirus. This is why governments across the world are closing restaurants, bars, and other places where large crowds gather, as well as ordering people to shelter in place.

There are plenty of easy ways to socially distance yourself from other people. First, avoid physical contact with other people. This means no handshakes and no hugging. Remember how people sometimes cough into their hand? If they then shake your hand, then that means your hand has the germs that carry the coronavirus.

Second, keep your distance from other people. As previously mentioned, respiratory droplets that carry the coronavirus can travel up to 6 feet. Staying more than 6 feet away from other people dramatically reduces your risk of catching the coronavirus. Avoid large crowds or areas where people gather in close spaces. Even better, meet people virtually via Zoom or Skype. It is impossible for the coronavirus to travel through internet connections.

  1. Keep Surfaces Clean

Studies have shown that the coronavirus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic surfaces and up to 24 hours on cardboard. Cleaning surfaces regularly is a great way to kill these germs and reduce your risk of catching the coronavirus. Some commonly used surfaces that you should clean on a regular basis are doorknobs, phones, light switches, tables, and remote controls.

  1. Boost your immune system

Another way to reduce your risk of catching the coronavirus is to have a strong immune system. The coronavirus is a virus. Just like with other viruses, having a healthy immune system can  help reduce the risk of becoming infected.

There are several ways to boost your immune system. They include eating the right foods, including whatever fruits and vegetables you can find at your local grocery store; getting enough sleep; getting a daily dose of exercise; and, trying to relax. After all, stress lowers your immune system, so staying calm even in these times is a great way to stay healthy.

These are four great ways to reduce your risk of catching the coronavirus. Stay healthy and stay safe. For more information, visit Adoption Choices of Missouri  or call us at 1-877-903-4488

 

 

 

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