Did you know that germs are commonly found and grow on students’ desks? In fact, a Yale study reported that samples taken 30 minutes after a desk cleaning showed that only half of the bacteria and fungi have been successfully removed! Reference here.

Germs are everywhere and spread by touch

Areas most often used by students, educators and school staff hosts a slew of germs. With it so easily transferred from one person to another, we encourage schools to practice good hygiene and to educate students and parents about the common misconceptions that circulate during flu season.

Myth: The Flu vaccine is all you need to protect yourself

Having students vaccinated is an important precaution to take to protect against serious illnesses such as measles, hepatitis B, rubella etc. However, when it comes to adaptable bugs such as influenza, vaccinations aren’t enough to keep your body’s immunisation performing at its best.

Think of your body like a brick wall and antibodies the cement. Over time, the brick wall needs maintenance as the cement goes through wear and tear because of the weather, humidity and time. Likewise, your body is dependent on a strong, healthy immune system as the base with vaccines helping from time to time as maintenance.

Schools can advocate the importance of basic body hygiene through this mantra: Keep your hands to yourself! The tips below are a good reminder to anyone of any age.

1) Be mindful about keeping hands away from mouths or around the eyes or nose.

2) Wash your hands frequently with warm water and scrub for 20 seconds. If water isn’t available, find sanitisers containing at least 60% alcohol as a temporary replacement and place them at entrances.

3) In the event of the flu season, encourage your school to wear masks and to sneeze into a tissue.

Myth: You can’t spread the flu if you’re healthy

The average incubation period for the flu is 2 days and people can be infectious from the day before their symptoms start

Most healthy adults are infectious for 3-5 days whereas children remain infectious between 7-10 days. 

The weaker your immune system, the longer the infectious period. This is why schools should remind their students and staff that to keep the body’s immunity strong. Here’s how you can give your immune system a boost:

1) Cut down on sugary drinks and hydrate with water. On average, an adult should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and adolescents should consume between 5-7 glasses. 

2) Consume a balanced diet packed with vegetables, fruits and healthy grains (brown rice). For picky eaters, vegetables and fruits can be disguised in meals or in the form of juices.

3) Encourage an active lifestyle by incorporating simple exercise regimens: Physical Education (PJK) for students and weekly team sports for staff.

Schools can advocate the importance of basic body hygiene through this mantra: Keep your hands to yourself! The tips below are a good reminder to anyone of any age.

1) Be mindful about keeping hands away from mouths or around the eyes or nose.

2) Wash your hands frequently with warm water and scrub for 20 seconds. If water isn’t available, find sanitisers containing at least 60% alcohol as a temporary replacement and place them at entrances.

3) In the event of the flu season, encourage your school to wear masks and to sneeze into a tissue.

Myth: Flu Season is over so I won’t get sick

Generally, the peak period to contract the flu happens between October - January. However, schools must be diligent to educate that the flu can be contracted any time throughout the year! All it takes is a sneeze to share the germs within the school.

 

To create a safe space, schools should share the benefits of precautionary tips below.

1) Keep a clean space around you by disinfecting classrooms, the staff room, canteen and objects commonly used by everyone in school.

2) Avoid direct contact with those who are sick as best as you can.

3) If anyone is feeling sick, pay a visit to the doctor and recover at home to avoid spreading germs to others.

 

Conclusion

These are the simple tips you can follow  to keep bad germs at bay! Share these tips with your school through the dashboard on the Frog VLE!

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