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School and daycare closures are part of an approach called physical distancing, which focuses on limiting social contacts. In school and daycare, young people are in close contact and at risk of spreading viruses. Children and youth are also vectors: they can carry the virus home to their parents and grandparents.

When schools are closed, the biggest concern for parents is how to care for their kids. You don’t have to lock them in the house for three weeks. Kids can play outside.

It’s hard to work in these circumstances, so you have to make alternative work arrangements. Working remotely is also a physical distancing measure.

In some countries, child care has been provided for parents who work in essential services. The good news is that these measures should be temporary.

The Globe’s health columnist André Picard answered additional reader questions. Need more answers? Email audience@globeandmail.com