As the temperature drops, coughs and sneezes can be heard when you are out and about. Not only is this time of the year cold, but you can see people with colds walking freely.
To help minimize the spread of germs and educate the public, the medical assistant students in the Patient Care Sciences 1 class at Globe University-Madison East put together some educational posters and some cold and flu survival kits filled with hand sanitizer, tissues, cough drops, and more.
They visited the East Madison Community Center and set up an interactive, educational display station near the food pantry. They spoke with people about how to prevent getting or spreading a cold or flu through proper handwashing and also offered blood pressure checks. During the blood pressure checks, students took this opportunity to explain the normal ranges for blood pressures and encouraged participants to take care of their health.
Some of the helpful tips students shared include:
Cover your mouth. Always cover your mouth and your nose with a tissue or your upper sleeve, not your hands. Toss the tissue in the waste basket and wash your hands.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. You are bond to come in contact with areas others who may have the cold or flu virus have touched such as stairwell rails, elevator buttons, and door knobs. If you can avoid spreading the virus to your eyes, nose, and mouth before you have time to wash your hands, it will decrease the chance of getting infected.
Sick? Stay home. When you are infected, the flu will follow you to work, school, and anywhere else you go. Stay at home until you are feeling better and always check with your doctor if you are unsure.
“Going to the community center to talk about cold and flu prevention was a great learning experience and I really enjoyed the people there,” said medical assistant student Stephanie Brown.
Medical assistant student Phyliss Helenaik said the applied learning project was “an experience that I am glad to have been a part of. I was very proud of the people in my class for their creative and inventive ideas.”