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Description:Captured in a metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia primary school, was this grouping of four schoolboys who were gathered at a brown paper-covered table studying a stylized cartoon book to be used as reference material for a drawing they were asked to create in the classroom. Each student was supplied with a piece of white drawing paper, a pencil, and a white tray of crayons was set atop the table on the left. It is important to know that these objects, i.e., pencils, crayons, paper, etc., are known as fomites, which can act as transmitters of illnesses, for viruses and bacteria are able to remain alive on their surfaces after being handled by an ill child, who can then inadvertently transfer these “germs” to another child who subsequently handles these schoolroom objects.
Educators and staff can help slow the spread of respiratory illnesses like colds, Enterovirus D68 and influenza (flu) by promoting handwashing. It involves five simple and effective steps: Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, and Dry. Handwashing can reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness, thereby, keeping you, and your school child healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2014
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC – Influenza (Flu); Information for Schools & Childcare Providers
CDC - Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
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