Free Printable Hygiene Reminders
It's been a tough year for all of us. It’s great to be back in the classroom with our students. But, as you know, things aren’t totally back to normal. We still need to be vigilant to prevent the spread of germs and especially the coronavirus to protect those with weak immune systems.
Web MD reports some studies suggest we don’t know the long-term effects of the coronavirus on the lungs even for those who are asymptomatic. A person is asymptomatic when she/he tests positive for the virus but don’t have any of the symptoms like a fever, cough, or loss of taste or smell. And if a person doesn’t have any symptoms, the likelihood that they get tested for COVID-19 goes down.
However, studies show the lungs of asymptomatic people have signs of distress even though they don’t have any symptoms. These signs include cloudy white areas in the lungs. The cloudy white areas are thought to be inflammation. Even asymptomatic children’s lungs show the characteristic white cloudy areas.
Scientists don’t know yet how these white cloudy areas will affect the person’s lungs in the future. The lungs might completely heal with no lasting effects, the damage might persist, or it might form scar tissue. It is best to prevent getting the virus than to deal with the possible long-term effects of having had it.
Our downloadable printable reminders are a great way to help your students remember how to stay healthy and safe.
8 Measures to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has outlined the following eight ways to protect each other from contracting and spreading infectious respiratory diseases.
1. Wear a Mask in any public setting or when around people who are not in your household even if you don’t feel sick. Wearing a mask helps stop the spread of a virus from people who may be asymptomatic, or not feeling sick, even though they have it.
2. Stay at least Six Feet Away from people outside your household or those in your household who are sick. Six feet is about the distance of two arm lengths for an adult.
3. Avoid Crowds at stores, restaurants, fitness centers, or any other public place. Don’t gather students in large settings at school for assemblies or other activities.
4. Provide Plenty of Ventilation even if it means opening the window a crack on a freezing day. It is better for your students to have to wear their coats than have the virus stagnate among them.
5. Frequently Cleaning Hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or about the length of time it takes to sing the ABC song will remove germs. Our printable wash your hands signs are perfect for restrooms and classroom sinks.
6. Teach Students to Cover Coughs and Sneezes with a tissue or their elbow. People are still dealing with allergies and other factors that cause coughing and sneezing. Used tissues should be immediately thrown away and hands washed.
7. Clean and Disinfect Surfaces especially frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, desks, light switches, keyboards, handles, countertops, and writing utensils.
8. Monitor Yours and Your Students Health for signs of feeling ill like a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell.
Free Printable Hygiene Reminders
Little ones need frequent reminders to practice appropriate hygiene to keep themselves and their families safe. Older teens need frequent reminders and reinforcement to keep their masks on and frequently wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Let our free printable downloads do the extra reminding for you.
Our handwashing signs are perfect in school bathrooms and at the classroom sink. Our wear you mask and keep hands clean poster is a good reminder to practice safe measures at the entrance of your classroom. Our keep our classroom safe sign is good to post throughout your classroom to remind students to reduce touching, regularly clean surfaces, and stay home if they are not feeling well.
The pdf file printables available in this download are:
· Mask and Hand Hygiene Poster
· Keep Our Classroom Safe
· Handwashing 101: Wash Your Hands Poster
We hope you find these helpful and handy for the Fall and Winter!
Printables designed by Miss Jenna
Handwashing 101 Printable designed by Canva
“How to Protect Yourself and Others.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. December 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
Goodman, Brenda. “Asymptomatic COVID: Silent, But Maybe Not Harmless.” WebMD. Aug. 2020. https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200811/asymptomatic-covid-silent-but-maybe-not-harmless