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Cure School Ills with Sanitizers

Randy DeVaul

Posted on September 7, 2019 09:11

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The start of the school season brings with it all of the illnesses and germs of every household represented in class. This is not healthy for the kids and is worse for the teachers! Help your family and your child's teacher stay healthy by cutting those germ exposures with hand sanitizers and soap and water.

School’s in, so it’s time to hear about (or experience) the spread of contagious communicable diseases through the classrooms with warnings, vaccines, and school absences all growing as fast as the bacteria causing the problems.

After all, we know kids (well, maybe adults, too) don’t do the greatest job of washing hands after going the bathroom, blowing (or picking) their nose, or before rubbing their blurried, bloodshot eyes from all that reading and studying (providing we can get them to open their books!). And we can creatively imagine where those hands go and what they touch while engaged in all that activity, right?

You can reduce your child’s risks of getting sick – and yours when they bring "stuff" home – at school (or anywhere else for that matter).

Hand washing with soap and water prevents many of the bad bacteria from spreading. You don’t have to be sneeze-sprayed to get sick, although that is certainly a possibility when someone simply "airborne sneezes." Bacteria spread through touching doorknobs, tabletops, bus seats, or shaking hands as well as by the "direct" route, but hand-washing every time you touch something is not practical.

Over the past couple of years, hand sanitizers have become quite popular. With the scare of all the varieties of flu, MRSA, and other pandemic fears, hand sanitizer sales skyrocketed as an effective means to reduce our risks to these germs. The thing is, hand sanitizers will also reduce the risks of our yearly school epidemics, as well. We don’t need the fear of dying to keep us from using sanitizers.

Hand sanitizers can be used without water and applied in almost every situation. To be effective, hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based. The alcohol helps kill the bacteria and it evaporates from the skin quickly, which helps remove the "nasties" from the skin surface. Sanitizers are readily available and affordable, often stocked in the dollar stores and other convenient places, so that everyone can have their own to carry.

There is a down-side to sanitizers. They don’t work well on hands that are covered with dirt, mud, or other debris. You still need soap and water to get the grunge off. Sanitizers work best when in direct contact with skin.

Also, because they are alcohol-based, they can be flammable. The story of the employee who doused himself with sanitizer when leaving the bathroom only to catch his hands on fire when immediately afterward lighting a cigarette is a true one. I guess smoking really is bad for your health!

So, learn to cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand(s). Sanitize after blowing your nose or after shaking someone’s hand. Sanitize after touching public "stuff" before you eat or touch your face, nose, eyes, or mouth. Find sanitizers that also have aloe and keep the skin looking good, as well.

These simple steps will go a long way in keeping you, your kids, and everyone else in the community healthy and safe!

Randy DeVaul

Posted on September 7, 2019 09:11

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