Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu Season
Posted on 01/27/2020
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Flu, norovirus, and strep cases are now prevalent throughout our entire state. Many of our schools are experiencing an increased incidence of students with fevers, sore throats, severe cough, and gastrointestinal issues.

Norovirus can last anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. Some of the symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, dry skin and dry mouth. The best treatment for the norovirus is to hydrate, and let it run its course.

Symptoms of the flu include cough, body aches, fever, and sore throat. Flu symptoms can last from 7-10 days. Coughs that persist can be a sign of bronchitis or pneumonia where medication is needed and sometimes inhalers are prescribed.

Both the flu and norovirus can spread through the classroom quickly, especially when students are sent back to school when they are still contagious. Frequent hand washing and avoiding people who already are sick are good ways to keep the germs away, but those who already are sick should stay home to avoid spreading germs to other people.  

WW-P requirements regarding returning to school include that the student must not return to school the following day after being sent home sick. A student may return to school once they have been fever-free and symptom-free for 24 hours without medication. For more information regarding common illnesses and returning to school, please click here.

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