Whether you are a parent, a caregiver, a student or a teacher - there is certainly a lot of jitters this school season with the cases of respiratory virus illnesses rising across the country (and the world). A wise man once said, "Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will." So what does this mean for all of us? What actions can we take in preparation for this new school year and adjusting to changing policies and requirements across school districts in America.
1. Be prepared for more hand-washing
Students and teachers alike will be asked to wash their hands when entering school, before any common activities and particularly before and after breaks. This might include a request to sanitize with alcohol-based sanitizers multiple times a day which can strip your skin of its outermost layer - which is also its protective layer. Dermatologists recommend the use of Gloves In A Bottle Shielding Lotion to provide an added layer of protection that blocks the irritation caused by sanitizers and harsh soaps. Gloves In A Bottle is also clinically proven to work with your sanitizer - so you can rest assure it is still working!
Teacher Rebekah Poh from @lessons_and_lattes speaks about the need for Gloves In A Bottle in the classroom.
2. Speak to your children and teachers
If the communication you are receiving from your school is causing anxiety or not providing you with clarity - call the school. Meet with the teacher beforehand and then speak to your child to ease their anxieties as well. Be clear on what is required and what is there to protect them and those around them. Calm their nerves by showing them that you are supportive of what the school is doing.
3. Speak to your doctor about how to build immunity
Although there is a lot of information available on vitamins and supplements online - it is best to discuss with your GP. Come up with a plan of how to improve your immunity for your whole family. The Harvard Health Medical School says there "might be a benefit in taking" these vitamins.
4. Stay home when you are not feeling well
Treat others as you wish to be treated. Staying home when someone is unwell is an important step in protecting others from the spread of illness - plus your body will recover faster when you get rest!