I'm not sure about all of you but I'm getting a little freaked out about the Ebola and Enterovirus D68 outbreaks here in the US. Once I became a mama I knew it was my job, the job that pulsed through my blood, to protect my babies from everything and do my best to be educated and aware of the dangers around them. It is our job to read up on things and to make sure we share our knowledge to other parents and families. So in doing my "mama-bear job" I want to shed some light on the details and to pass along what I have read (sorry to be a downer on a Friday)
As a mother of "littles" the Entero D68 is more terrifying than Ebola because it is more prevalent her e in the US (594 cases in 43 states) The symptoms scare me too because they are pretty much the symptoms of every little cold/flu my girls get at this time of year. ( they include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches. Wheezing and difficulty breathing may be indicative of more severe infections). "This strain of enterovirus spreads much like the common cold, which means that frequently washing your hands can lower your odds of getting sick. If you have to cough, observe proper hygiene and cough into a tissue (which you then dispose) or your upper sleeve -- not your hands." (article here). "Entero-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches a surface that is then touched by others."
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Stay home when you are sick."
So you bet I will be busting out the Lysol wipes all over our house, calling our schools to make sure they are wiping down surfaces, handles and that the kiddos are washing their hands and that sick kids are staying home from school. I will be letting my girls know not to share snacks, juices, chapsticks, to cough into their elbows, and to wash their hands a million times a day and use their little Bath & Body sanitizers and cute holders (here)