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Prevent Seasonal Illness with Four Simple Tips

Every January when students return from break and Interim Term, we see a marked upswing in the number and severity of illness on campus. This year is no exception. Illnesses include flu, strep throat, colds, and bronchitis. Not to mention that in the news media, we are bombarded with updates about China's coronavirus outbreak, which sounds frightening but has yet to affect large numbers of patients in the United States.

All of these illnesses are contagious and can spread in our school environment. Four simple measures can help slow or prevent the spread of these viral and bacterial illnesses:

  1. If you are ill, please stay home. For fever over 100, please stay home until your temperature is 98.6 or lower after stopping fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours. For stomach issues such as diarrhea and vomiting, please stay home for at least 24 hours after the symptoms have ceased.
  2. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, rubbing hands vigorously using antibacterial soap and water. Dry with paper towels. This is particularly important after sharing items, touching door knobs, etc.
  3. Do not share water bottles and personal items.
  4. If you are coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose. Use your sleeve or Kleenex, then wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me by email or phone. Thank you and STAY WELL!!!!!

Here's to a healthy 2020!

--Connie Thomas, RN