Keeping People and Gorillas Healthy

In our effort to help curb respiratory infections in local communities near Volcanoes National Park we teach our students daily hygiene practices to stop the spread of germs. Following the Germy Wormy exercise in which children have flour in their hands imitating as germs and then coughing and sneezing in the air and their hands, they begin touching and passing around every day objects. The flour shows clearly that germs are everywhere.

Valerie watches as Innocent and a student act out the passing of germs by handling every day objects such as a phone and by shaking hands.

STOP Spreading Germs.  Art of Conservation 2012A student imitates the spread of germs by putting every day objects such as a pencil near to her mouth which she received from someone who just coughed into their hands.

So how do we avoid spreading germs? Our rule number 1 on our Staying Healthy banner says cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze.

STOP spreading germs.  Art of Conservation 2012Covering his mouth when he coughs with the inside of his elbow, our students provides a wonderful example for the rest to see.

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