Did you know that kids can touch and retouch 300 surfaces in just 30 minutes, or that 22 million school days are lost each YEAR due to the common cold? That’s a lot of colds and surfaces touched, increasing the chance of germs to be spread! To help prevent the spread of germs develop a few easy and healthy habits. Before we get into those, we must first define what germs are.
Germs are defined as tiny living organisms categorized as Bacteria, Fungi, Protozoa, or Viruses. It’s important to note that not all of these organisms are bad, but some can make us sick!
To decrease the Spread of Germs, Keep these Healthy Tips in Mind
Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing (use your elbow, not hands!)
If you are sick, don’t take a chance of spreading those germs, stay home.
Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water
Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, mouth if at all possible
Make sure to clean and disinfect areas
For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/school/index.htm
Parents and Teachers- Actions YOU Can Take to Prevent the Spread of Germs in Your Home and in Schools!
Advising your children and students of these healthy tips is great, but may not be enough. Try implementing other fun ways to encourage healthy behaviors as it relates to the prevention of spreading germs in homes and at schools. Lead by example, have them act out the proper technique of coughing and sneezing, hang pictures in front of sinks reminding them to wash hands, etc. Get creative, and have some fun with it! Most importantly- let kids know NOT to go to school if they are sick, and if they don’t feel well to tell someone so they can get the medical care they need.
How Can Hampton Roads Urgent Care (HRUC) Help?
Be sure to keep HRUC in mind in case you or someone you know becomes ill. HRUC provides medical treatment for general medicine illnesses. When choosing HRUC, you’re choosing convenience, affordability, and great care! There will be no need to schedule an appointment, because walk-ins are welcome! This is especially convenient for busy schedules during the school year. Hours extend beyond typical business hours, Monday-Friday 8:00am-7:00pm, as well as on Saturdays from 10:00am-4:00pm.
So remember, it’s impossible to avoid germs completely because they are everywhere. Though, if following the tips listed above- the spreading of germs can be decreased tremendously