Schools are just about ready to start up again, and for many students and staff members, that means going back in school buildings. This has a lot of people filled with concern, especially with a new variant of COVID-19 starting to spread widely across the country. This new variant of COVID-19 is known as the Delta variant, and it’s making people unsure of how safe it is to return to school buildings at the moment.
The Delta variant has been said to be 50% more contagious than the Alpha variant, which means staying hygienic is going to be more important than ever if we want to keep people protected from infection. Here is what schools will want to do to combat the Delta variant of COVID-19.
Combat COVID-19 With Thorough Cleaning and Disinfecting
Just like with the Alpha variant, fighting off the Delta variant will require a lot of disinfecting and cleaning. You should do these things every day, and sometimes even more often than that for surfaces that get a lot of traffic. If anyone has contracted COVID-19 or any other sickness, that will also be a reason to clean and disinfect more frequently.
When you aren’t using cleaning products and disinfectants, keep them away from children so that they don’t misuse them.
Lastly, don’t use any disinfecting method that hasn’t been proven to be effective against COVID-19.
Practice Proper Respiratory Etiquette and Handwashing
Everyone in a school needs to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and part of the prevention process is practicing effective respiratory etiquette and frequent hand washing. When coughing or sneezing, make sure to cover them up. This helps keep germs from spreading as easily.
Also, wash your hands often. When washing your hands, make sure it’s for at least 20 seconds, and be sure to use soap and warm water.
Lastly, apply hand sanitizers often when you can’t wash your hands, making sure people use sanitizers that have a minimum of 60% alcohol.
Use Masks to Help Stop Spreading of COVID-19
Masks have played a heavy role in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, and they will continue to play their part in schools this upcoming academic year. While not all areas require vaccinated individuals to wear masks, it doesn’t hurt to err on the more cautious side to maximize protection.
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