Although spring is just around the corner, we are still in the peak of flu season. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s seasonal flu has reached epidemic levels and has been reported as being widespread in nearly 40 states. With an illness that is already so easily spread, it may seem nearly impossible to prevent the flu from spreading in schools. By taking the right precautionary measures, however, it’s possible to help slow and even stop the virus from spreading. Follow these three tips to help kick the flu to the curb in your school:
- Routinely clean classrooms and bathrooms
The flu virus travels through the air in droplets, which can be picked up from an object or surface and transferred to the eyes, nose, or mouth. To prevent the spread of the flu virus, it’s important to recognize the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing:
- Encourage preventative actions
Since the flu virus travels through the air, it can also be contracted when someone with the infection sneezes, coughs, or talks. In addition to making sure surfaces are clean and free of germs, it’s crucial for people exposed to these high-traffic areas to be extra-cautious. For this season, and every flu season, encourage students and staff to frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover their nose and mouth when they cough, and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth. Getting a flu shot can also be a key precautionary action in preventing the flu.
- Educate students, parents and staff on what to do when sick
Educate students and staff on the flu symptoms and encourage them to stay home if they are experiencing any of these, particularly a fever, to prevent further spreading of the virus to others. The CDC recommends treatment with antiviral drugs within the initial 48 hours of getting sick.
To learn how GCA Services can help protect your facility from the spread of the flu virus, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.