By Mr. Jon Winn
Life as we know it has been turned upside down since last month’s newsletter. This article was supposed to be about how a student can and should pursue their dreams, but instead I thought it was much more important to write about the important safety measures every student should take to protect themselves and their families from the spread of Coronavirus.
This is a stressful time for everyone, but in order to get through this we all need to do our part. Here are some important steps you should take in order to prevent the spread of germs during this situation.
- Stay home if you can and avoid gatherings of more than ten people.
- Practice social distancing by keeping a distance of about six feet from others if you must go out in public.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw used tissues in the trash. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, faucets and countertops.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them - use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick. You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
Together if we all do our part we can “flatten the curve” and limit the damage Coronavirus can do.