Free from Germs, Free From Illness

By Loughlan McLean ‘16 and AnnMarie Sanzone ‘16
Flu season is here, and with the recent Ebola hysteria, people are trying more now than ever, to stay healthy this Fall. Students and faculty members need to develop healthy habits to prevent the spread of the flu and possibly Ebola.
Robin Igla, health teacher, says that the school should put hand sanitizing dispensers around the building so that students and faculty may clean their hands. Hand sanitizer is a good way to keep the school cleanlier because it kills 99.9% of germs on your hands and will prevent the spread of germs when people touch surfaces.
Marva Brown, School Nurse, also thinks that washing hands thoroughly with soap and water and using alcohol based hand rub will prevent sickness from spreading throughout the school.
“Students who have a cold can help stop the spread of germs,” said Ms. Brown, “by covering their mouths and noses when they cough or sneeze with either a tissue, or the bend in their arm, NOT with their hands.”
It is vital that the students and faculty don’t develop a bad habit of covering their coughs and sneezes with their hands because when they touch surfaces in the school that spreads germs quickly. This is where carrying around a hand sanitizer or any alcohol based hand rub comes in handy, to kill the germs on your hands when soap and water is unavailable.
Ebola on the other hand, is a virus disease that originated in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Recently, it has spread to Mali and the United States. So far there has been four cases of Ebola in the U.S. in which two people died.
“I feel that there is Ebola hysteria because this is a new disease for the United States, and there is a lot of ignorance due to lack of information,” said Mrs. Brown.
There have been rumors about the disease such as it being airborne when it’s not. Some people believe that they’ll get infected by simply being near someone with the disease, which is also false. The disease can only be transferred through direct contact with bodily fluids such as saliva, blood, and urine. Therefore, if a student or faculty member did in fact have Ebola, it’s highly unlikely that it would spread throughout the school.

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