When you hear about ‘back-to-school,’ the last thing that you expect to hear is taking preventive measures about it. Regardless of how unfortunate that seems, the COVID-19 era has not passed yet. The success story of the budding vaccines has not eventually fully decapitated the fear of the pandemic.
However, schools in different parts of the United States are gradually on the verge of restarting with physical classes. While young kids possess lesser chances of catching the Virus, young adults are still vulnerable.
Doctors and scientists opine that the rate of community transmission in an area will decide the reopening of schools. It is always better to be safe than sorry; therefore, taking preventive measures is the best thing students can do.
Here are the top four such precautionary steps that you should remember before you hop to your school with excitement –
Never Open Your Mask At School Premises
Most of the time, people conclude that they don’t need masks because they are fit. This notion is good only as long as you are in your friend’s house or a relative’s house. But, for public or crowded places like schools, do not open your mask.
Wearing a mask is essential because the symptoms of COVID-19 start to show up after a week or more of catching the Virus. Unknowingly, you might grab it from a friend, teacher, or any other person coming in close contact with you. Just wear your mask, forget all the complications, and cheers to your back-to-school vibes!
Never Forget to Keep Your Hands Sanitized
Sanitizing your hands at school is more important than sanitizing them after returning home. You must carry a pocket sanitizer to clean your hands at regular intervals.
Some important things for you to remember are –
- Sanitize your hands after touching library books, public lockers or chairs, and tables.
- Use your school’s hand-wash liquid if you forget to bring your hand sanitizer at school.
- Avoid using bar soaps because they are badly contagious.
- Sanitize your hands before going for your tiffin or recess period.
- Avoid close connection with people whom you do not know.
- Sanitize your hands before and after rubbing your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Sanitize hands after sneezing and coughing.
Scientists and doctors recommend using any hand-sanitizer that contains at least 60% of alcohol. These precautions can definitely save you and your close friends from getting the Virus.
Maintain A Safe Distance Always
Maintaining a safe distance from crowds or from gatherings is a great way to keep yourself aloof from the chances of getting COVID-19. ‘Social Distancing’ has nearly become a household term in 2020 as billions of people own a physical distance from another person.
If you are going back to school, you should remember to avoid the following things –
- Being there in big or small groups while you are in school
- Using the washroom when different other students are also using it
- Getting on overcrowded school or public buses
Remember that a safe distance today can save you and your friends from getting ill.
Never Go to School Being Sick
You being a student, should understand the responsibilities of also being a good citizen. Avoid going to school if you have any of the ailments like a fever, cough, sore throat, running nose, poor appetite, vomiting tendencies, or belly pain. While maybe a few of them have zero relations with the Virus, you should still be cautious. Remember to skip school and skip moving outdoors until you are sure of being completely safe.
So, that’s pretty much all about the top four precautionary measures that can keep COVID-19 at bay. If you have influenza, common cold, or allergy problems, keep in mind strictly avoiding moving out of your house.