There are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the state of Kansas, but that doesn’t mean individuals can’t and shouldn’t take measures to stop the spread of any contagious disease.
As we navigate through yet another flu season in the nation, there are added concerns that a new flu-like virus could hit closer to home. COVID-19 is becoming more widely spread. Although the number of cases are far less than the flu, there is concern that the number could grow. The fact that there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19 is enhancing the concern of individuals everywhere.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) commonly encourages individuals to take preventative measures in order to stop the spread of everyday common illnesses.
As with the flu and cold, there are steps one can take to help stay healthy and keep the spread of disease at a minimum. These steps as stated on cdc.gov are:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm or elbow.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
The CDC also recommends individuals contact a healthcare provider if they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19.
Recognizing the potential public health threat, Newman University will be working with state and local public health partners to review and update the university’s emergency plans. It is important to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way we would prepare for any other events that could disrupt the normal routine of the college and cause harm to our students and employees.