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Substitute teachers share how they stay healthy during cold and flu season

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With back to school in full swing, the temperatures are starting to drop. Cold and flu season is upon us, and those germs are marching their way into classrooms.

So, how do you stay healthy during these upcoming germy months? 

Here are some seasoned subs with their best tips:

Do a thorough wipe down

“As soon as I go in the teachers room, I spray everything with Lysol. Their desk, light switches, students tables, all of it. Then, throughout the day, I’m grabbing the hand sanitizer, as well as washing my hands several times.”

— Dede K

Practice good hygiene

“Wash hands and avoid elementary schools lol.”

— Elayna T

“I carry wet wipes since you can’t always wash your hands.”

— Bonnie J

“I wear an kn95 the entire day and don’t take it off to eat. I bring food I can eat with it on by just moving it briefly and then chewing with it on. I wash my hands constantly and hand sanitize at least once an hour. I only sub high school bc younger kids do things like cough into your eyes.”

— Cheyenne W

Other commonly shared tips:

  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink lots of water
  • Emergen-C
  • Keep stress levels low

And if you’re really intent on avoiding all illness:

what a typical day looks like for a substitute teacher cta