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General Chat Thread, Picking up illnesses? in General; Originally Posted by Southwell Ive been here for 6 months and apart from the odd sniffle been fine, until last ...
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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Southwell
    Ive been here for 6 months and apart from the odd sniffle been fine, until last week that is. I had some dodgy food and was ill over the weekend, came into work and am now coughing my guts up, guess my immune system couldn't keep everything away at once!
    So naive

    Yes pretty much standard first 12 months are worst.

    But as I have been in education since leaving college I don't get ill that often most of time will have one bad day then sleep and alright.

    But when I do I get it good I get it good like last cold had it for about 3 weeks..

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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    One thing that has always perplexed me is how utterly filthy so many schools are. I'm sure it's not going to be long before there is a major healthscare of some uber bug/flu in schools. I'm not saying schools shoul dbe anywhere near NHS standards, but it's like schools are designed to be difficult to clean - even the new ones. Esp with respect to IT equipment - lots of viruses are spread through keyboards (actually its often when people touch their eyes, viruses can easily pass through the membrane of the eye) but not many places have anything in place to tackle it. Certainly our summer 'deep clean' is more of a 'light mopping'.

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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd
    ... how utterly filthy so many schools are...
    I seem to remember a Boarding School somewhere round this way had to close a boarding house for deep cleaning some time last year because of MRSA

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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    During my first summer working in schools there were 3 rooms which had to be re-carpeted due to an infestation of fleas brought in by one particular pupil who thought that washing and clean clothes were optional. He often arrived smeared in dog poo from the family pet. Nice child.

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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    I felt awful on Sunday after a heavy night out with friends, I blame it on the school!!

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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    In the last four years of working in education ICT, I don't think I've had more than a week off due to illness. I've had the odd cold or two and one nasty bout of flu but thats about it.

    Strange thing is, the very last term day I had at my last place, I had to go home early due to what felt like food poisoning and spent most of the afternoon chucking my guts up. I was actually quite upset about that.

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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    I have a supressed immune system due to the meds I take for my crohn's disease and have to say, I still don't pick up that many colds, etc. from school.

    Must of been lucky i guess.

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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    Not gernerally ill - certainly not enough to take a day off. The first month or so I worked here I picked up more than the usual amount of sniffles etc., but nothing major. That was about 4 years ago. The thing that has hit my sick record the most is getting married! The wife has been quite ill the last year or so, so I have had to to attend some appointments with her.



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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    In the four years I've been here, I've only had about 2 days off sick and that was with food poisoning (also took my wife down too), although I have had more coughs/colds/flu-like symptoms/"sniffles" since working in a school.

    I am sure that the keyboards do harbour all sorts of nastiness, but I think that using antibacterial gel every time you touch one is going a bit far. Yes, up to 5 different people can use a computer on any given day, but the door handles in the central corridor get touched by several hundred people every day. Do you wipe your hands after opening a door too?

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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    I work in a school, my wife's teacher in another seconday school and I've a 10 year old in another primary - we pretty much get everything thats going round eventually....

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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    I must admit I picked up a lot - but not sure if it was from the students, or the vast numbers of staff for whom washing hands after using the toilet seems optional to.

    I'd go in, sit down to go - hear someone else come in, go, flush and straight back out the door into circulation. The exception were those who actually washed

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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    Also do you know where most germs are in survey they did....

    The handle of toilets (one you push to flush it)..

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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Friez
    I had 100% no-illness record until I started work here, then I fell ill almost all the time. Most frustrating indeed!
    ... and not just for you !!

    That being said, in my first year I got pneumonia (twice) after getting a cold/cough and also a most annoying and painful case of shingles.

    Since then not a lot other than colds etc. Hygiene is paramount in a place full of spluttering kids that seem incapable of using a handkerchief.

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    Re: Picking up illnesses?

    I have been here 5 years and have had a couple of days off in that time.
    I always thought that having 3 children of my own meant that I am now immune to any bugs as I have had them around for a long time!
    Interestingly, in one of my schools the teachers are far more likely to be off with colds, infections etc than in the other one. The first school is not a particularly happy place to be and I think this is reflected in the illness rate. I don't think they are lying, they really do seem to get ill more often!

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