While the colder months of winter are usually associated with a running nose, coughing and other undesirable symptoms, you can still catch a cold during the summer - contrary to widespread belief. No matter what the time of year, germs can spread from one another, causing colds, influenza and sickness which can lead to a drop in performance due to poor attendance and the expense of covering teachers’ absence.
Bacterial infections such as gastroenteritis and bacterial pneumonia peak during the summer months due to the spike in temperature. Bacteria such as E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. cloacae and Acinetobacter baumanni thrive in warm areas and can be the cause of nasty illnesses, and in extreme cases, fatalities. So, it is of paramount importance that good hand and respiratory hygiene is adhered to and where possible, bacteria are eliminated all year round. Here are our top 5 tips to prevent summer germs spreading and infecting your school environment this year:
1.Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are showing signs of illness, look out for sniffing, coughing and sneezing. In general, it is recommended that any staff member or child with diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms must stay away from school until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours, this is otherwise known as the '48-hour rule’.
2.Use a tissue
We are all aware of the NHS ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill’ campaign. Be sure to encourage the use of tissues when coughing or sneezing. This is key to preventing the spread of germs - most experts believe that cold and flu viruses spread mainly due to the airborne droplets created when infected people cough, sneeze or talk. Keep tissues to hand in classrooms and ensure used tissues are disposed of in a safe manner.
3.Wash your hands
Washing your hands often will help protect your staff and pupils from germs. We recommend using very warm water and hand soap. There are many options of hand soap such as liquid soaps, hand washes including luxury pearl and antibacterial varieties - they all kill germs if used with care and attention. Encourage thorough hand washing and teach children the importance of good personal hygiene.
Clean and disinfect surfaces
Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with nasty bacteria can help slow the spread of the sickness bugs. Keeping disinfectant wipes to hand in classrooms is advised and larger surfaces like floors and tables should be cleaned thoroughly using sanitary cleaners and bactericidal products every day. For kitchen cleaning we recommend Clover AX – a fast drying versatile cleaner which is effective against MRSA, Salmonella, E.coli and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. This go-to kitchen cleaner is ideal for cleaning all water-resistant surfaces, such as glass, aluminium, stainless steel, rubber, plastic and all tiled surfaces.
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