1. Get the flu vaccine- This vaccine takes around 2 weeks to become effective and only protects against the top few flu strains that are projected to run rampant.
2. Wash your hands with soap and water- I wash my hands before I eat anything and after I touch anything deemed to be crawling with germs. So I basically wash my hands all day, every day. I make sure to wash my hands after touching student pencils, books, desks, etc.
3. Direct sneezes and coughs into your elbow and teach students to do the same- This helps stop the spread of germs. The droplets from coughs and sneezes can travel 12 feet!
4. Keep hands away from face- Touching your eyes and mouth spreads germs from your fingers.
5. Stay home when you have a fever- Sick people should stay home for a week if they have the flu so as not to spread the illness. I would rather have a sick child or teacher be miserable at home than miserable at school. Children's undesirable behaviors often peak when they are sick as well.
6. Hydrate- Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated beverages that dehydrate the body.
7. Exercise, eat healthy, and get enough sleep- Easier said than done but this really helps to keep your body and immune system strong.
8. Have a stress release- Have an outlet like exercise or journaling. Chronic stress affects your immune system, making it less capable of fighting off infection.
9. Sip only your drink- Sharing food and drink also spreads germs.
10. Sanitize those WISC blocks- Use alcohol wipes on any frequently touched surfaces such as test kit manipulatives, doorknobs, keyboards, telephones, etc. Some viruses can live up to 24 hours on a surface!
Bottom line: Take care of yourself or you will not be able to take care of your students!