Keeping our students and staff healthy can be tough when they are in school. Schools and universities are hot spots for germs, and germs spread quickly when people are in close contact with each other.
“Most infectious diseases are transmitted by direct contact, either by touching an infected person or by touching surfaces contaminated with pathogens,” says Charles Gerba, environmental microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona's Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science. "The crowded classrooms, cafeterias and gyms in schools can be a breeding ground for a variety of diseases including colds, influenza, norovirus and staph infections such as MSRA.”
Here’s what you need to know about the high-touch areas, and the steps you should take as a facility manager to protect your students.