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As our families and friends gather to celebrate the holidays, we look forward to enjoying good company, delicious food and exchanging gifts. One aspect of the holidays we don’t enjoy, however, is exchanging the germ du jour.
Many adults are aware that frequent hand-washing—and hand sanitizer use in a pinch–can help avoid the “re-gifted” germs that cause colds, flu, the stomach bug (norovirus) and more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that hand-washing is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others, so how can we help the children in our lives practice proper hand hygiene?
The American Cleaning Institute offers a fun resource for children to “Create a colorful holiday!” with its “Clean Your Paws for Santa Claus Coloring Page.” The image caption clarifies that handwashing “with soap and warm water for 20 … READ MORE >>Posted in Featured
As you gather with family and friends to mark the holidays, beware the coughing, sneezing person who should have stayed home. This person is a re-gifter, not of an unappetizing fruit cake, but of germs that can hardly wait to make you sick.
Germs survive by re-gifting, propelled by guest “A” through the air in an uncovered cough to be inhaled by guest “B” in her next breath. Now “B” is infected and soon will be culturing her own army of germs to be re-gifted by coughing and sneezing.
The downloadable poster at left, based on messages from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers practical tips for curtailing the spread of germs to others. It reminds everyone to cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue or by blocking the cough with their sleeve.
These responses to coughing and sneezing are preferable … READ MORE >>Posted in Featured