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Nurse's Notes: Practicing Good Hygiene

We would like to remind our ISD community to continue to practice good health hygiene as we monitor the activity of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Standard recommendations for good health hygiene include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. Please see the list below of WHO recommendations for the prevention of infection spread:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;

  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;

  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;

  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;

  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

Please also be reminded that we ask students to stay at home when they have a fever of 37.8 C (100 F) oral mouth reading or 38 C (100.4 F) temporal forehead reading, and to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school.

Thank you and cheers to your health,

Nurse Jen

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