Parents get it, too
When your kid has HFMD, how can you protect yourself from getting infected, too?
IT'S VERY CONTAGIOUS “Family members have multiple contact and thus exposure. More exposure means more opportunities for the virus to transmit,” says
Dr Leong Hoe Nam, infectious disease physician from Rophi Clinic at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.
“A higher viral load is transmitted, resulting in more severe disease. This consideration is not unique to HFMD, but we see it in influenza, pertussis and chickenpox, too.”
WATCH WHAT YOUR KID TOUCHES The virus is found in the infected child’s saliva. “So as the child speaks, the virus spreads,” he explains, adding that any surface that the infected child touches will also be exposed to the virus.
BUT YOUR RISK IS LOW Your only consolation is that the risk of an adult getting infected with HFMD is a low 1 to 5 per cent.
KEEP YOURSELF CLEAN Experts advise frequent and thorough handwashing, too.