Preventing Noro-Virus at Area Schools

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

Noro-Virus is an illness that is spread easily from person to person. And it is common for outbreaks to occur in areas where a large group is present. According to Eric Pessel of the Barry-Eaton Health Department, schools are at risk because students tend to have poor hygiene. "Schools are definitely a concern more so than the adult populations."

Grand Ledge High School is doing everything it can to prevent their school from being hit. Principal Richard Pochert says the most important thing is to educate students. So in every bathroom signs are posted near the sinks.

"We remind students that it takes twenty seconds of hand-washing to kill viruses and germs that may spread." But he says just in case, they are keeping a close account of students' health.

"If we start to hear about a lot of absences and about symptoms similar to the Noro-Virus we will send letters to parents and students warning them to be careful."

Doctors say the best way to prevent any kind of illness from spreading is to make sure you wash your hands frequently. But if soap and water are not available, they recommend using a hand sanitizer.

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