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Preventing the spread of viruses should be everyone’s priority.

Illness around my area has become so bad that one of our local schools has closed for two days so all of the buildings, buses, and equipment can be disinfected. I think that’s probably one of the smarter decisions that the school has ever made. I know several kids who attend that school including my nephew.

The school’s primary building suffered a horrible outbreak of some sort of highly contagious virus. Over 100 of their kindergarten and first grade students missed class on Wednesday. They sent another 40 kids home during the day. The kids were sick with vomiting and diarrhea. I am all for keeping the virus away from rest of the kids. Since kids usually share viruses with their parents, closing the school was good for the entire community.

Personally, I’m liberal with the disinfectant at my house and around my office. There are too many people who don’t wash their hands, cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, and get out in public while they have fevers. I keep hand sanitizer in my purse and on my desk. We have several large bottles of hand sanitizer with pumps placed around the building where I work. We frequently clean our surfaces with antibacterial cleaner.

I keep a can of Lysol in my bedroom. Every time I wash my bedding, I spray my mattress and pillows down with it. I turn on the ceiling fan to dissipate the smell after it has had a chance to dry. When I crawl into bed on my nice clean sheets, I feel confident that everything is actually clean.

I also use Lysol on my door knobs, trash cans, toilets, sinks, couch, recliner, and all of the toys I keep for my grandchildren. Lysol isn’t the only brand of disinfectant spray, but it’s the most readily available in my part of the Ozarks. We buy Clorox wipes to clean our counters, stove, refrigerator, and pretty much any other type of cleaning. I even use them to clean up my dog’s little accidents on the laundry room tile.

Some people think I go overboard. Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t like being sick, and I sure don’t like taking care of other people while they are sick. If being extra cautious will prevent such horrible experiences as vomiting, diarrhea, fever, profuse sweating, cold chills, head aches, and a myriad of other symptoms, then I’m all over it. I’ve been so sick that I thought death was knocking at my door. I prefer to not repeat the experience. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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