Reducing the risk at school


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  1. H1N1 in school
    1. Brief intro
      1. Crowded, closed environments like schools are a host of opportunities for virus
    2. Risk elements
      1. Being close to people sneezing, coughing
      2. “Social interactions”
        1. Greetings – kissing, shaking hands
      3. Surfaces, equipment
        1. Virus can survive on surfaces and capable of causing infection for many hours
        2. Surfaces that are “high traffic”: door handles, pens and pencils (especially those that kids have put in their mouth), office microwave, desks, keyboards, telephones, cafeterias/lunchrooms
    3. Actions we can take
      1. Minimize contact with others
        1. Parents should keep their child home until fever is gone for 24 hours without using fever lowering drugs - Tylenol/Ibuprofen. Usually 5 – 8 days
        2. Pick child up as soon as possible if school calls
      2. Hygiene
        1. Wash hands with soap and water (SUGGESTION: CUT AWAY TO VIDEO OF HAND WASHING) each time you cough or sneeze (SUGGESTION: SHOW ‘ELBOW’ METHOD FOR COUGHING)
        2.  Cover mouth / nose with tissue or us “elbow method” whenever you sneeze or cough
        3. Don’t touch your nose, mouth or eyes in general and especially after you sneeze or cough
        4. Stay 2 arms-lengths away from others when possible
        5. Tissues, sanitizers and garbage cans should be in good supply
        6. If you have a cafeteria, avoid picking up food and returning it to the serving counter. Wipe cutlery and glasses before using (MIKE LIBMAN: IS THIS VALID FOR CUTLERY?)
      3. Sanitizers
        1. Shaking hands, touching equipment is unavoidable at times
        2. Good practice to keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers in good supply.
        3. It’s good practice to wipe surfaces such as desks, phones, doorknobs even if cleaning products are not available. The wiping is more important than the cleaner.


  1. Summary  - Many simple steps to minimize spreading or catching
      1. Stay informed
      2. Practice good hygiene - Hand washing, cleaning/wiping high hand-traffic surfaces particularly important
      3. Maintain 2 arms-length distance from people who are coughing/sneezing or if you think you are sick
      4. Seek and follow medical attention