School Officials Urge Caution With Swine Flu Virus

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, September 3, 2009
O’Connell: “The H1N1 threat is real – we can’t say it often enough.”
State schools chief Jack O’Connell joined Sac City’s new superintendent at a back-to-school event Thursday. They’re urging teachers, students and parents to wash their hands as frequently as possible – using soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time.
O’Connell: “If you are going to sneeze or cough, do what the students now call the Dracula cough – cough into the curvature of your arm.  And if you are sick, stay home – we’ll survive, you’ll survive. And for students, you’ll be pleased to know we’ll get you those homework assignments.”
Swine flu symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, head- or body aches, chills and fatigue.
O’Connell also suggests keeping children home for a full day after their symptoms go away.