Soap and water essential for norovirus control
The Public Health team advised a south of England primary school over essential hand hygiene measures after it was forced into an “emergency closure” according to a recent report on the Halstead Gazette website.
The closure came as a result of an outbreak of the “winter vomiting bug” norovirus, which affected both teachers and pupils wrote Alex Gidden. Unaffected staff and governors undertook a deep clean of the school so that it could be reopened.
Wash with soap and water
Headteacher Shelly Jones sought the advice of the Public Health team says the report. They advised that hard surfaces at the school should be cleaned with a chlorine releasing product
“…and to remind children of the correct hand washing routine with soap and warm water.”
The importance of hand washing was also highlighted in the report by the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, whose Chair Dr Anna Davey advised that those within an infected household make shoaled hygiene a priority.
“It’s worth everyone in the household washing hands with soap regularly and keeping bedding and surfaces washed too.”
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