Cold, Flu, and COVID-19 [Webinar]

In this webinar, Andrew Roszak, Executive Director of the Institute of Childhood Preparedness shares his thoughts on the second wave, what this means for cold and flu season in 2020, thoughts on the flu shot, and the long-term outlook for childcare safety as we prepare for 2021.

🎤 Our Special Guest

Andrew Roszack – Executive Director at the Institute of Childhood Preparedness

Andrew Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-Paramedic, serves as the executive director for the Institute for Childhood Preparedness, as Chief of Preparedness, Health and Environment for the Region II Head Start Association and as an adjunct professor in the school of community and environmental health at Old Dominion University. For the past six years, he has been working full time on emergency preparedness, response and recovery issues impacting the early childhood sector – child care and family child care programs, afterschool care, Head Start and Early Head Start. Roszak was formerly the Senior Director of Emergency Preparedness at Child Care Aware of America, Senior Public Health Advisor for the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Emergency Care Coordination Center and Senior Director of Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Catastrophic Response at the National Association of County and City Health Officials, where he worked each day to help prepare communities and the healthcare sector for pandemics and disasters. Roszak began his emergency preparedness career as a firefighter, paramedic and is certified as a hazardous materials technician and in hazardous materials operations. Roszak also served as Health Policy Fellow for the United States Senate Budget and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees during the 110th and 111th Congress. Roszak is admitted to practice law in Illinois, the District of Columbia and before the US Supreme Court.

🧪 Key Learning Outcomes

  • Make sure that staff is trained on your sick policy AND communicate this to parents often so that everyone’s on the same page!
  • If you have access to flu shots in your local area, get out there, and get one. Make sure to chat with your physician, as each flu shot is different depending on your medical condition. 
  • Regular safety precautions are still very important on top of dealing with COVID-19. Make sure to check you are using extension cords properly and change the batteries in your smoke detectors. 
  • Air purifiers are helpful if ventilation is an issue. HEPA air purifiers are good to use, BUT take precautions when changing the filter – wear a mask, gloves, or go outside.

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🌟Audience Shoutouts!

:speaking_head_in_silhouette: Laura – One of my favorite quotes is “if you don’t pick a day to relax, your body will pick one for you” 
:speaking_head_in_silhouette: Christi – My pediatrician says 2 weeks before Halloween is optimal for getting a flu shot. Two weeks before Halloween when spreading germs has been generally significant

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Ria Reive

Ria Reive in the Community Ambassador at HiMama. Prior to starting at HiMama, Ria was an Early Childhood Educator and worked 6 years in the classroom. She taught all ages but mainly preschoolers. Ria lives in Toronto with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her niece and nephew and being on the water.