2021 has proven to be a year of transition. From lockdown to vaccination, one of the biggest changes is to come: the shift from distanced to in-person learning. Kids’ immune systems are less developed than adults’, so before the school year begins, it’s important to teach school-aged children how to avoid those back-to-school germs and stay germ-free!
Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs. When washing your hands, rub soap and water on your hands for at least 20 seconds, or the duration of the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Make sure to scrub between your fingers, under your nails, and on your wrists!
You should always wash your hands after using the restroom, touching an animal, touching garbage, before and after eating, and whenever you’re around someone who’s sick.
You can use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t available, but doing so is less effective than hand washing. Hand sanitizers don’t get rid of all types of germs, and they aren’t as effective when your hands are visibly dirty or greasy! To use hand sanitizer properly, rub it all over your hands until they’re dry, for about 30 seconds.
If you’re a teacher or a parent, think about how you can make hand-washing a fun part of your daily routine. Incentivize it with songs, unexpected reminders, or reward systems.
As with all transitions, going back to school after more than a year of distance learning requires some changes. Stay extra-conscious of the germs you may be spreading.
Keep a regular cleaning schedule for the items you or your kids regularly bring to school, including backpacks and lunchboxes. After removing all of the items they store, use a sanitary wipe or a wet cloth on the inside and outside. Make sure your kids clean out their gym bags and lockers regularly as well.
Taking care of yourself makes your body a more effective germ-fighter. With the right nutrition and fuel, you can stave off infections and other illnesses and have a lower chance of contracting them in the first place.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations offered at Riverside Medical Clinic, click here.
For information on our pediatric vaccinations, click here!
From all of us at Riverside, we wish you a healthy and safe start to the school year!