As the school begins to see more and more absences among students and staff, we wanted to share some recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of germs:
>>Everyone should practice good respiratory etiquette. Respiratory etiquette involves covering the nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing. Everyone should be encouraged to sneeze and cough into a tissue or their sleeves—not into their bare hands. Used tissues should be disposed of immediately and hands should be washed promptly.
>>Encourage everyone to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds ESPECIALLY after they cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
>>Stay away as much as you can from people who are sick. If you or your child gets the flu, stay home from work or school. The CDC recommends that a person should stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
>>If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs often spread this way and can lead to illnesses such as influenza, strep throat, and Conjunctivitis (pink eye).
>>Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones. Wash coats, hats and gloves to help remove germs, especially when someone is ill.
These everyday preventive actions can help slow the spread of germs that can cause many different illnesses and may offer some protection against the flu. For more information visit the CDC’s website: www.cdc.gov/flu.
Thank you in advance for helping us keep our school and community healthy.
Joy Saneholtz BSN, RN
Bryan City Schools