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RE: kids are contagious!!!

From: Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
Date: Thu Apr 27 2000 - 19:09:47 PDT

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    I can't use the liquid soap, because I'm allergic. I keep a bottle of
    Alveeno that I use to wash my hands frequently. We use the vinyl gloves to
    clean with disinfectant wipes on the door handles, all touchable services in
    the bathroom, around the clean up sink, and use clorax2 spray if a class
    seems sick. I have kids from 44 school districts that come through the
    museum. Neither Minnie or I've been sick all year, except a couple of weeks
    ago I got a sinus and lung infection from one of our West Texas dust storms.
    I can't blame the kids for that.

    Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
    CAM Administrator
    San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Litesal [litesal]
    Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2000 7:13 PM
    To: ArtsEdNet Talk
    Subject: Re: kids are contagious!!!

    > Roberta:
    > I am not a health professional, but we had a similar problem in the
    > elementary where I worked for many years. Teachers were constantly sick
    > colds and the flu. After the district nursing supervisor and our own
    > nurse watched us for a few days, they gave a good suggestion that worked.
    > The main thing they noticed is that we (the teachers) would grade papers
    > then not wash out hands. They also noticed that we would sit at the
    > children's desks or touch their desks, papers, books, pencils, etc. ...
    > you guessed it. We didn't wash our hands. After we instituted a policy
    > frequent hand washing with soap, many of our flu problems went away.
    > Pam

    Yes, handwashing is the answer. I wash before my hands go near my mouth,
    nose, or eyes. I wash before I go home, then I change clothes, and wash
    again. I'm even careful after touching things that I have brought home from
    school. It seems excessive, but I have not been sick all year (knock
    wood!). Problem now is, my hands are often red and cracked, and they look
    80 years old. Oh, one more thing, use liquid as opposed to bar soap, if you
    must use bar soap, have your own bar.




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