Here’s a less emotional and more Science-based article from an MD with time spent living in China with her family, during the SARS outbreak. She concludes,
The school instituted a bunch of simple precautionary policies: a stern note to parents reminding them not to send a child to school who was sick and warning them that students would be screened for fevers with ear thermometers at the school door. There was no sharing of food at lunch. The teacher led the kids in frequent hand washing throughout the day at classroom sinks, while singing a prolonged “hand washing song” to ensure they did more than a cursory pass under the faucet with water only.
If a family left Beijing and came back, the child would have to stay at home for an extended period before returning to class to make sure they hadn’t caught SARS elsewhere.
With those precautions in place, I observed something of a public health miracle: Not only did no child get SARS, but it seemed no student was sick with anything at all for months on end. No stomach bugs. No common colds. Attendance was more or less perfect.
New York Times
How to Avoid the Coronavirus? Wash Your Hands
I covered the SARS outbreak as a reporter in China, and I saw that common sense is the best defense against viral illness.
By Elisabeth Rosenthal
Ms. Rosenthal, a journalist and physician, is a contributing opinion writer.
Jan. 28, 2020
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