Monday, January 20, 2020

5 Precautions the CDC Recommends to Reduce the Spread of the Flu in Schools

Flu season is underway. Kids, due to having worse hygiene, are more susceptible to the illness and pose a tremendous risk to their classmates when they are sick. About 55 million students and 7 million staff attend the more than 130,000 public and private schools in the US. By implementing the recommendations of the CDC, educators can help defend 20% of the country’s population from flu. Here are some of the top recommendations, as endorsed by the CDC.

1. Encourage students, parents, and staff to get a yearly flu vaccine.

The single best way to be protected against the flu is to get your flu shot each flu season. Making sure that parents are taking this precaution for their kids and that teachers and administrators follow suit is the best way to reduce the spread of the flu within a school.

2. Ensure that school policies don’t encourage sick students to attend school.

Rather than give out awards for perfect attendance, it’s best to encourage students and teachers to stay home when they are sick. Catching up on work at a later time isn’t nearly as disruptive as getting the entire class sick.

3. Educate students and staff on proper handwashing technique.

Teach students and staff to wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, dry hands with a paper towel, and use the paper towel to turn off the faucet.

4. Encourage students and staff to keep their hands away from their nose, mouth, and eyes.

Touching a surface contaminated by the flu virus and then touching your face is one of the ways the flu is transmitted. By avoiding contact with your face, you are reducing your chance of contracting the illness.

5. Routinely disinfect your keyboards.

The CDC recommends that schools “routinely clean surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, and phones.” Furthermore, they recommend “providing adequate supplies, such as general EPA-registered cleaning products, gloves [and] disinfecting wipes.”

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