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How to fight against spreading germs in North Yorkshire schools

Richard Taylor Primary School

Published at 3:20pm 2nd January 2018. (Updated at 4:16pm 2nd January 2018)

As children across North Yorkshire head back to school this week, local NHS groups are warning about the spread of germs.

As well as picking up some presents or some bargains over the holidays, many people also catch common illnesses, such as coughs, colds and flu.

As people start to get back into their normal routine following the Christmas and New Year break, it’s the perfect time for germs to spread. 

NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to make people aware of some basic advice that teachers, parents and children can do to fight back.

People are encouraged to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ by carrying tissues with them to catch coughs and sneezes.

Once a tissue has been used, throw it away, straight away.

Good hygiene is also essential to help prevent the spread of germs, especially having a good hand washing technique.

Washing hands properly should take about 20 seconds, about the time it takes to sing ‘happy birthday’ twice.

Winter the most common time of year for norovirus – also known as the winter vomiting bug.

It causes diarrheoa, vomiting and can be extremely unpleasant, but, it normally clears up by itself after a few days.

Dr Dave Tatham, clinical lead for urgent and emergency care at the CCGs said: “Feeling unwell is unpleasant at any time of year.

"People tend to spread illnesses by visiting hospital and trying to go to school or work when they should be resting at home.

“When children go back to school, and people go back to work, A&E departments and emergency services can get particularly busy.

"Unless you are experiencing a serious or life-threatening condition, A&E and emergency departments are not the place to get advice quickly and you could find you’re in for a wait.

“If you need urgent medical help but it’s not a life-threatening emergency, you can call NHS 111 who can provide advice and information. Calls are free and lines are open 24/7, 365 days-a-year.”

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