|Description:||Captured in a metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia primary school, seated amongst his classmates, this photograph depicts a young schoolboy who was in the process of creating a drawing during this classroom session. The classmate sitting to his left was bringing her ideas to life, first using a pencil, to be followed by colorful crayons. Note that the student was focused on a drawing book that referenced fantasy figures, and was seemingly oblivious to all the classroom activity surrounding him. 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.