Should you’ve thought to yourself, “It looks as if absolutely everyone around me is sick at once!”
With a marked increase within the number of parents masking up again, and a shortage of certain antibiotics used to treat a few of the more prevalent respiratory infections, the ripple effect of a lot illness floating around could be seen each day in local businesses and institutions.
Many are saying that is considered one of the worst “sick” seasons we have experienced post-pandemic.
Personally, no less than one person in my house (and at points multiple people) have been sick with one thing or one other since October!
The massive culprits this winter season appear to be RSV, Influenza, Covid, and Strep.
The varsity nurse from the center school my daughters attend sent an email just this week outlining guidance from the Maine CDC on the subject of what to do should someone in the home present with symptoms of either of those respiratory conditions.
My son, who goes to the local highschool got here home yesterday and said of the 20+ kids in his math class, only 5 were present yesterday.
So it isn’t surprising that other schools across the state are battling with an analogous issue.
In some cases, schools have even shut down in an effort to do some deep cleansing and stop the spread of those viruses to staff or students.
In line with WABI TVa pair of colleges in MSAD closed down for the whole day yesterday so crews could clean.
“35 percent of scholars at Harpswell Community School have mostly respiratory issues and fevers…and 20 percent of scholars at Mount Ararat Middle School have mostly respiratory issues.”
In addition they say that the superintendent of Schools in Searsport has closed schools in that town.
“All RSU 20 schools might be closed through the week attributable to a wave of illnesses affecting students and staff.”
And the Bangor Each day News reported this week that schools in Belfast are in an “illness outbreak” status.
To cut back the chance of transmission of any of those viruses, the CDC recommends Washing your hands often, and the usage of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
“You might help yourself and your family members stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times if you find yourself more likely to get and spread germs”
One other key step to assist stop the spread of germs has to do with personal hygieneThe CDC says teaching kids to take heed to their hygiene can go an extended method to keeping them healthy this winter season.
Avoiding contact with those that are sick, or distancing will also be effective.
Good luck on the market. Do your best. And if you happen to do get sick, be gentle with yourself and along with your kiddos.
It’s no fun for anyone if you find yourself ailing throughout the holidays.
Old Time Sayings From Our Parents and Grandparents
All of the things the old folks used to say.