Schools are breeding grounds for germs that can make you sick, from the sniffles to the flu, but we can help you spin past them. We’ve compiled a list of tips for staying healthy and germy places to avoid so you can glide through the school year without getting sick!
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Check cold and flu germs from the start!
Wash Your Hands Well
Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. 1 Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Get Enough Rest
Sleep deprivation has an adverse effect on immune function. 2
The seasonal flu vaccine lowers your risk of getting the flu by half. 1
Bacteria and viruses at school can hitch a ride home on your clothes. 3
Touching your eyes, nose or mouth spreads germs. 1 Be sure to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing!
Use Your Own Writing Utensils
You never know what germs could lurk on someone else’s pencil. 4
Good nutrition is essential to a strong immune system. 5
Enlist your students to help wipe down desks, keyboards, door handles and other surfaces a couple of times a day. 1
Go Figure: Avoiding Hidden Germs at School
Your school’s germiest places may surprise you, but with some expert foot work, you can easily skate past them.
Sample Location (Colony Forming Units / in sq.)
- Water Fountain Spigot (classroom) 2,700,000
- Water Fountain Spigot (cafeteria) 62,000
- Plastic Reusable Cafeteria Tray 33,800
- Faucet (cold water handle) 32,000
- Faucet (hot water handle) 18,000
- Cafeteria Plate 15,800
- Keyboard (classroom) 3,300
- Toilet Seat 3,200
- Student's Hand 1,200
- Animal Cage 1,200
Take Care of Yourself, Champ!
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