Don’t catch a cold


photo by Emery Johnson

Big bottles of hand sanitizer have been given to teachers at Meridian High School to help prevent the spread of germs.

In the past few months, there has been a lot of talk about colds, the flu, and even the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, which the CDC [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] is closely monitoring.

Despite the panic, there are many simple ways you can prevent getting sick, for example, wash your hands, avoid large crowds of people, do not touch your face, and get vaccinated.

“Handwashing is the number one way to prevent getting anything contagious,” Amanda Montgomery, Meridian school nurse said. “Along with the coronavirus and just the influenza virus.”

The CDC website has step by step instructions on how to wash your hands.

“Wet your hands with clean, running water [warm or cold], turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the Happy Birthday song from beginning to end twice. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them,” the CDC website said.

Despite the germs in the air, Meridian faculty are doing their best to keep students healthy.

“We have put more hand sanitizer out, more education pieces and when to wash your hands adequately and when to use hand sanitizer,” Meridian Superintendent Andy Pygott said. “A lot of that is just a good opportunity for education.”

Many students don’t want to get sick because they don’t want to miss school and fall behind.

“I would say a large portion of seniors come to school sick because they don’t want to take finals,” Jonah Brue, a sophomore said. “In turn, it’s getting everyone sick.”

Despite this, many students have taken precautions to not catch anything.

“I wash my hands and they have hand sanitizer around every corner at school,” Brue said.