The world we are living in has placed an urgency around ensuring the health and safety of our community during the recent rise of COVID-19. In order to ensure that staff and students everywhere are safe and ready to return back to their schools, it is important that we understand how we can play a part in keeping everyone safe!
In this blog, we will share 12 basic protective measures to keep you from contracting or spreading coronavirus to your family and community.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- If your child is sick, keep them at home and contact your healthcare provider.
- Read or watch local reports frequently or stay in touch with your school.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth because your hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Practice respiratory hygiene which means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Then dispose of the used tissue immediately so that the droplets in the tissue do not come into contact with anything or anyone around you.
- By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home if you feel unwell
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.
- Follow the directions of your local health authorities such as the National and local authorities which have the most up to date information on the situation in your area.
Educators everywhere are adjusting to this new world we live in with distance learning. Most educators miss seeing their students and can’t wait to be back in the classroom. So let’s do our part by staying safe and staying home.