In 2009, when H1N1 (swine) influenza came to the Washington, DC, area, I was working full time (at the toxic environment described in this post) with an infant and a three year old. One of my colleagues - not unkindly, just matter of fact - said to another, "Of course Jill's kids will get it, they get everything." Yes, we got it.
My baby had a fever of 103.5 and was in and out of the hospital. My husband and I got it. Our three year old got it. One of our dogs got it. There was a shortage of antiviral medication and I had to spread my germs while driving from pharmacy to pharmacy trying to get medicine for the baby. It had to be kept refrigerated. Our fridge died. We laugh about it now (because we have a twisted sense of humor), but it was a two week period where someone was constantly sick, weak, needy.
Why am I sharing this story with you? To give you the backstory on why MoBu Kids doesn't mess around when it comes to germs. Since I purchased the business in 2014, we have focused on keeping our equipment and facility CLEAN and safe. Other children's based businesses in the area tout using "organic" and "natural" products for cleaning. I believe in using cleaning products that are proven to kill germs, including viruses. (Also, a lot of so-called "natural" products trigger my asthma and that of my children, who you likely see cleaning the equipment on weekends.)
So what are we doing during this COVID-19 outbreak? We are cleaning our equipment hourly with a bleach solution. We have removed any toys that cannot be quickly and easily wiped down, such as books and plush toys, and also toys that may accidentally wind up in mouths, such as our play kitchen food.` We ask that you wash your hands when you enter MoBu and before/after eating any snacks. We have sanitizer available as well as soap. And if you see something, say something to the staff. Please, speak up. Ask that equipment be wiped down if you have concerns. Our mission is to keep children safe and healthy.
Meanwhile, my day job has me busier than ever working on the COVID-19 outbreak. I am really proud to be a part of the response to this epidemic and anything I learn about prevention will be applied immediately at MoBu Kids. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me at info @ mobukids.com.
Now, go wash your hands!