March 13, 2020

In a world where there is a run on toilet paper, suspension or cancellation of sporting events, concerts and Broadway have darkened their doors, and Disney has closed its gates, we would like to offer some tips on what to do to not only prepare for COVID-19, but to deal with it, if it hits close to home.

We have all heard the best ways to avoid contracting the virus. WASH YOUR HANDS! Sounds simple, right? But more than that, wash them properly and sing your ABC’s or that really cool song you have seen online to make sure you do it long enough. Cough and sneeze in your elbow and if soap and water is not readily available then grab that hand sanitizer to use throughout the day. Don’t go in public if you are sick or even feel sickness coming on and practice social distancing. Although most adults and children will experience only mild symptoms with COVID-19, there are those who are at high risk and it is important to do what we can do to keep this virus from spreading.

If you or a family member does contract the virus, here are a few helpful items you should have on hand to help with symptoms.

Kleenex—let’s face it, you’ll be using a lot of these.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in 350 mg tablets
Ibuprofen (Advil) in 200 mg tablets
Mucinex, Robitussin or DayQuil/NyQuil (whatever your cold/cough medicine of choice is)

Cough Drops
A humidifier is also good, but not a must have, as turning your shower on hot and sitting in a steamy bathroom can open your airways.
Go ahead and prep some sick day foods like a big batch of soup (or stock up on canned ones), crackers, bread for toast or your favorite food when you are feeling under the weather.
If you have a history of asthma make sure you have your inhaler on hand. If you are in need of a refill contact your doctor.

Once your first symptoms start, begin a medicine regime using those listed above. Rotate Tylenol and Advil for fevers, use cough expectorants and suppressants and drink lots and lots of water. Rest. Don’t feel it is necessary to visit the doctor or ER immediately, but if you do feel you have COVID-19 contact your healthcare professional for advice on next steps.

As this virus continues to spread, we urge you to use caution and practice good health. Do not panic! Stay tuned to our website for updates on our school community.

School Nurse

Melinda Parker

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