DENVER -- It's something every parent is concerned about: The huge increase in kids suffering from severe respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68.
The Centers for Disease Control are continuing to monitor the growing outbreak here in Colorado and five other states.
With that being the case, many schools and daycares are taking extra steps to make sure kids stay healthy. One of those schools in Denver is the Goddard School.
As the students in the scurrying squirrels class at City Park West Goddard School come in from playing outside, the first thing they do is wash their hands.
They practice learning their shapes, and they practice covering their mouths when they cough.
Goddard School on-site owner Elizabeth Meier, a parent herself, says the Enterovirus D68 outbreak here in Colorado is on every parent's mind.
"Just every sneeze you watch a little more closely because of something like that in the community,” she said.
Denver area hospitals have seen a huge increase in kids coming into their emergency rooms the past couple of weeks, dozens of them are sick enough to be hospitalized.
This strain starts like a cold but it can get a lot worse. Fast.
Meier says they're using the same sanitizing processes as always, but are extra careful. They're keeping a closer eye on the kids and are following all state and national guidelines regarding the outbreak.
Some of the best advice? The most basic. Thoroughly wash your hands.
"With any type of outbreak you're just paying more attention to getting everything clean,” she said.
The virus appeared in Colorado around Labor Day. In other states, it lasts about a month.