Saturday, February 7, 2015

Paradox Weather = Lots of Absences

In the recent few days, the weather was much less than cooperative for us. One time snow falls, the other, it melts. The Doctor of health in KIS, Dr. Anna believes that the cause of so many absences and the strange intentions of both cold and heat in the recent few days have some connection between themselves. Eversince Monday of February 2nd, there has been up to 40 Student flu-related Absences and even more than 15 Staff Absences, also flu-related. Dr. Anna believes that this amount of sick students and teachers is very rare in normal circumstances. While the recent activity in temperature and the sky is anything but normal, we cannot allow this kind of "epidemics" spread, or even happen in the first place. Even if for the whole Winter its been hard to tell whether its hot or cold, the rules of maintaining good health are still exactly the same, if not just as simple as they always were. - Don't allow children to attend school if you think they may have the flu. They should rest and drink plenty of fluids. Contact health care provider if they have other long term problems. - Encourage children to cover their mouth when coughing and use a disposable tissue sneezing or blowing their nose. Have them throw tissues away immediately, and then wash their hands. - Wash hands often by using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Wash hands immediately after contact with an ill person. Make sure plenty of soap and clean towels are always available. Teach young children how to wash their hands properly. - Don't share drinking glasses, eating utensils, toothbrushes, water bottles, or other drinks. - Clean surfaces such as door handles, handrails, eating surfaces, toys, and phones frequently with household cleaner or bleach solution (1/4 cup beach with 1 gallon of water). If disinfectant is not available, use hot water and soap.