Something ugly is coming…

Something ugly is coming…

A hard core respiratory virus, Enterovius 68, or HEV 68. There has been a spike in hospital visits in several states. In fact, twelve states have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of enterovirus: Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Utah. Four states have confirmed cases of the virus; Colorado, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa It’s been all over the media outlets in the last couple of days, and more so online in the special needs forums. Parents are worried. People who are immunocompromised get hit the hardest and the longest. Caregivers have to be in tune to what’s going on with our family members, things can turn so quickly. As we kick off school season and often a pretty sick time for the immunocompromised I put together this list of things to do to not spread germs! Many are likely a review, but a reminder never hurt. 1. Wash your hands. Do it frequently! When you don’t have water available use hand sanitizer. I keep some in the door of my car for when I get in and out of the car. When kids get in from school I encourage them to use it. 2. No more handshakes and high fives! Encourage your kids to fist bump instead. It’s fun and according to another mom, it will up their cool factor. One special needs mom even stated her own campaign to make elbow bumping a thing. Whatever you have to do! 3. Avoid touching your face. While germs may land in your nose, eyes and mouth from someone sneezing or coughing,...