The Vancouver Island Health Authority wants to remind parents to remind their kids that the key times for washing hands are after gym class or outdoor play

Reduce germs to help stop flu

The Vancouver Island Health Authority wants to remind parents to remind their kids to wash their hands.

Rick StiebelThe Chronicle

After a few weeks of back to school and with flu season almost upon us, it’s timely to remember some helpful hints to help you win the war on germs.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority wants to remind parents to remind their kids that the key times for washing hands are after gym class or outdoor play, right away after school or outdoor play, before and after eating, and after using the bathroom.

According to a VIHA report, recent studies indicate high levels of potentially harmful bacteria thrive on backpacks, reusable lunch bags, water bottles and handheld devices such as smartphones.

Backpacks are a particularly nasty culprit because they are often in and out of lockers, sitting on the  bathroom floor or in a dirty bus.

Ladysmith Intermediate School principal Colette Young said staff, students and parents need to work together and follow a few basic rules to eliminate the spread of bacteria and reduce the number of children who miss school due to illness.

“One of the classroom jobs we have assigned is to have students wash the tops of desks, door handles and other commonly used surfaces to reduce the spread of germs,” she said.

Since mid-September eight children have contracted Enterovirus D-68, the first recorded cases since 2014. EV-D68 causes mild to severe respiratory illness.

Recommendations to avoid EV-D68 include not sharing utensils, coughing into your elbow or sleeve, and washing hands frequently with plain soap or a sanitizer.

 

Just Posted

Ladysmith council dropping paper agenda packages

Town expects to save 50,000 sheets of paper a year by using tablets

EDITORIAL: Housing is one of our basic needs

We all need food, clothing and shelter first

CVRD sets tax increase for 2019 at 7.27%

New water and housing functions make up 3.52 % of increase

Premier makes surprise visit to Ladysmith Art Gallery

John Horgan does an informal meet and greet with Ladysmith arts and community leaders

Memorable weekend of hockey and camaraderie in Chemainus, Duncan

Many aspects of memorial tournament tug at the heartstrings

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

First Nations leader to try for NDP nomination in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Bob Chamberlin, vice-president of Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, announces intentions

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

Short list for new gnome home includes Parksville, Coombs

Five potential locations have been chosen by Howard’s owners who will decide Tuesday

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Baby left alone in vehicle in B.C. Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

Most Read