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Nov 29

Advancing Infectious Disease Prevention in Our Schools

Posted on November 29, 2023 at 11:50 AM by Jennifer Ambrose

Advancing Infectious Disease Prevention in Our Schools

Ever since humans started getting sick, there have been theories on how it happened. Going back as far as our good friend Hippocrates (circa 460-377 BC), we believed that bad air could be the cause of pestilence or disease.  Really.

smell what the rock is cooking

Then, came germ theory in the late 19th century. Scientists like Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, and Joseph Lister made many advances proving this theory that germs cause disease, not sketchy vapors.  Good work lads.

hat tip

Once we knew what caused us getting sick, we could transition our efforts to preventing it from happening in the first place. We knew germs caused the illness and that it could spread easily from one human to the next. One might think we’ve been doing this for a long time.  Not so much. In fact, the hospital discipline of infection control wasn’t established until the 1950s!  

would you stop that

With the advent of infection control in the hospital settings, they started doing some radical things to reduce the spread of infection in patients like:

  • Wearing gloves
  • Wearing surgical masks while performing surgery
  • Washing their hands
  • Isolating the really sick
  • Disinfecting surfaces and tools

its a miracle

Amazing, right? While grandma’s myths and stories still sometimes prevail in our society (going outside with your hair wet will NOT get you sick!), we have learned to transfer those prevention strategies from the hospital into our homes, workplaces, and schools.

Infectious diseases can spread rapidly in our schools to the close proximity of students. For some reason they LOVE to share germs! Schools play a vital role in promoting the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. By adopting proactive measures, they can create a safer environment and reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission.

We are thrilled to announce that we have received approval to use grant funding to partner with our local school districts to start a new Infectious Disease Prevention Initiative throughout the county. Schools will be receiving:

  • Education posters on hand washing and respiratory etiquette
  • Routine cleaning and disinfection supplies
  • Sanitizer
  • Thermometers
  • Tissues

By integrating these preventive measures, our schools can significantly reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission and create a healthier learning environment for everyone involved.

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