(Meredith) — With the first day of school right around the corner, many parents and their students are justifiably concerned about getting back to class in the midst of a pandemic that just seems to linger.

But the news may not be all bad, as Dara Kapoor from Health Magazine said that the past 18 months have many parents and their children practicing healthy habits that could go a long way in keeping everyone safe.

“These are habits that should be instilled for life, like regular hand washing and not touching your face. Not sneezing or coughing without going into your arm or elbow are all things that will protect us,” Kapoor said.

Kapoor said she’s glad that more people are taking hand-washing more seriously, especially as we transition into cold and flu season later this year.

“I do think kids are going to have an easier time of it this school year as it seems that a lot of schools are going back to in-person with health precautions in place,” Kapoor said. “We can hope that it is going to be easier on everybody this time around but time will tell.”

Be sure and check with your local schools for any special precautions or requirements your district may be taking to help protect your child and other students.

Disclaimer: Health Magazine is published by the parent company of this station, the Meredith Corporation.

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