Kids returning to school amidst “high levels” of scarlet fever, flu and of course Covid
Urgent guidance has been issued by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) following the break for Christmas, with cases of flu and Covid being “expected to rise in the coming weeks”, according to Fife Today, which is one of the many recent reports across the country covering this issue.
The article by Patrick Hollis quotes Chief Medical Adviser at the UKHSA, Professor Susan Hopkins, who reiterates the importance of helping to minimise infection spread in educational establishments across the UK. Children should be kept at home if they are unwell, Professor Hopkins is quoted as saying. Unwell adults should also not venture out.
She also placed a very high level of significance on the importance of teaching hand washing to young children.
“Helping children to learn about the importance of good hand hygiene is also key, so practice regular hand washing at home with soap and warm water.”
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Similarly, an article on the West Bradford Wire website reiterates the UKHSA guidance
“It’s important to minimise the spread of infection in schools and other education and childcare settings as much as possible.”
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