It’s time to go back to school, and if the prospect gives you more than a touch of germophobia, you’re far from alone. Keeping your children safe and healthy year-round is vital.
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To keep your kids from getting sick, you need a sound understanding of how disease spreads. Once you can identify the means of transmission, you can reduce incidences of passing bugs back and forth. Here’s an overview of what you need to know and 12 techniques for keeping your kiddos as germ-free as possible.
How Infectious Disease Spreads
If you look on social media, you’ll find a flood of misinformation on how disease spreads. You need to seek information from credible sources, such as the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health. These organizations employ top scientific minds and have the most credible and tested information.
Many germs currently live on your body without causing illness. Airborne viruses such as the flu spread through respiratory droplets and, less often, from touching contaminated surfaces. One positive thing that’s occurred in recent years is an improved awareness of personal health and the need to protect vulnerable members of our communities.
While experts remain concerned about the arrival of cold and flu season, taking precautions against one class of bug will safeguard you against others. You shouldn’t skip your flu shot, but masking up and improving hygiene will reduce your chances of catching this year’s strain.