Germs are widespread at school

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Heading back to school this fall, children may be facing more than just new classes and new classmates.

Germs may also be lurking inside classrooms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the germiest places in a school are drinking fountains, desks, playground and sports equipment, cafeteria trays, and bathroom doors. Viruses can spread easily by sneezes, coughs, or touching something someone sick touched before touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. 

John Johnson, a pediatrician at Beckley Pediatrics, said If a child catches a cold or the flu from germs at school, do not send your child to school and clean and disinfect surfaces and objects. 

“Besides the fact that some of the illnesses can really make kids sick, they can get hospitalized. Staying healthy in general is good for you because anytime you get sick, they don’t gain as much weight, they don’t grow as well and it makes life miserable for everybody at home when your child is sick, ” Johnson said. 

The easiest way to keep children healthy is to wash their hands with soap and water, and use hand sanitizer.

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