Ways not to get sick


Avah Hassler & Ava Patton

Taking safety precautions seriously can help with the spread of Covid-19.

You may be wondering why a lot of kids in your class are out of school. That’s because of all the sickness going around. According to Dr. Thomas McInroy, superintendent of the Bellwood-Antis School District, “COVID-19 (coronavirus) is currently a prominent story in the news as the illness has begun spreading in many countries including the United States. As there appears to be a growing of number of confirmed cases in Pennsylvania, the Bellwood-Antis School District has developed an infectious disease preparedness plan. The district is working closely with PA Department of Health and Blair County Emergency Management.’’

The coronavirus spreads like a flu or cold through coughing or sneezing and personal contact with infected individuals. The B-A custodial staff is working hard and following detailed protocols to ensure everything is clean in the elementary, middle and high schools of Bellwood. Plus, the Bellwood-Antis Middle School students are not switching classes to help avoid the spread of germs so the teachers come to them. 

To keep from getting sick, we came up with some ways to prevent this from happening. We urge students to emphasize the following:

• COVER any sneeze or cough with your elbow. Do not use your hands because if you shake hands with someone the germs can spread.

• CLEAN surfaces such as countertops, light switches, cell phones, and desks frequently. Wash your hands before you eat so you don’t get sick. According to the CDC, “Wet your hands with warm water and apply soap. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds which is the happy birthday song twice. Rinse your hands well under clean warm water.’’ We also advise you to wash your fingertips and underneath your fingernails because that is the place with the most germs. 

CONTAIN yourself if you are sick. Stay home until you feel better. This is so you do not get other people sick.   

Other tips include making sure your desk is clean, and instead of using the fountains, bring a water bottle and take it into your class. And don’t forget to stop in the bathroom before lunch to wash your hands. Remember, it only takes only 20 seconds. 

It can be challenging in school to stay away from people, but always try your best to keep a distance of at least six feet away from others. Doing all of these things can make a difference in whether you stay healthy and our school can stay open.