Covid and hygiene: the rules of hygiene at school

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The reopening of schools for this new school year has raised many doubts and fears for the possibility of an increase in infections and the new Covid-19 variants. The best way to prevent the virus is hygiene and never like this year have we learned how to use hand sanitizing gel, masks, distances, but these are the rules. for proper hygiene at school?

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Proper hygiene at school

Reducing the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by cleaning and disinfection it is an integral part of the opening of schools. SARS-CoV-2 spreads very easily from person to person, but it can also spread by touching a contaminated surface or object. Although superficial transmission of this virus is less likely, it is still possible that a person can contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object on which the virus is present and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

To help slow down the spread of the virus which causes COVID-19, preventative measures include staying home when sick, physically walking away, wearing face masks, washing your hands often, coughing by placing your mouth in the crook of your elbow, and disinfecting yourself regularly. Use the following tips to slow the spread of the disease, particularly through cleaning and disinfection.

Wash your hands

Washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available is one of the most important steps a person can take to avoid getting sick. . This helps prevent a variety of infections why:

  • People often touch their eyes, nose and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can enter the body through the mouth, nose and eyes and make us sick.
  • I germs of the hands unwashed can be transferred to other objects, such as handrails, tabletops or keyboards, and then be transferred into the hands of another person.
  • Removing germs through hand washing therefore helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and can also help prevent skin and eye infections.

After washing your hands, do not touch the bathroom door handles!

The mask

At school, children must wear masks, except when sitting at the desk. The most suitable is the surgical one, to be changed every day. It is useful, when not in use, to store it in a clean plastic bag. Better still if marked with the child's name. In this way it will not end up between books and notebooks.

Do not exchange pens and pencils

Discourage sharing of items such as electronic devices, pens and pencils, whiteboard markers and erasers, books, games, art materials (eg, markers, crayons, scissors), and other learning aids. 
Keep your belongings separate from those of others and in individually labeled containers, closets, lockers or areas.

Sanitize the surfaces

Immediately clean visibly soiled surfaces and objects. Use soap (or detergent) and water to clean surfaces or objects that look dirty. Visibly soiled surfaces must be cleaned before disinfection.

Sanitizing gel at your fingertips

Give your children a hand sanitizer gel to have in case they can't wash themselves with soap and water. There are also small ones, just that you can keep in your backpack or pocket. When using a hand sanitizer, apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label for the correct amount) and rub the product all over the surface of the hands until the hands are dry. The soap and water remove all types of germs from your hands, while the disinfectant works by killing some germs on the skin. Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs in many situations, they should be used only in the absence of soap and water.

Article Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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