|Description:||Captured in a metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia primary school, was this grouping of schoolboys and girls who were gathered at a brown paper-covered table, all caught in the process of creating a piece of artwork. Each student was supplied with a piece of white drawing paper, a pencil, and a box of crayons was set atop the table, from which their colors would be chosen. One boy in the foreground was looking at what one of his classmates was creating for some inspiring ideas. 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.