Healthy Hygiene: Protecting Yourself from Coronavirus and the Flu

Dear WCUI Community:  

We have created a Coronavirus web page for all our web sites: wcui.edu/coronavirus and we will be updating this page as we receive new information.  

We encourage WCUI students, faculty and staff to check this page routinely for updates.  

As the coronavirus has begun to make a presence in the US, we want to provide some education on the virus and the best means of protection. At WCUI, the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and community is crucial and we are monitoring the coronavirus situation carefully. New information about the coronavirus is being updated daily and sometimes hourly on the CDC website. For the most up to date news on the situation please visit: CDC Website

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an outbreak investigation in Wuhan, China. Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are older individuals (>60 years old) and those with other medical conditions like heart and lung disease or diabetes. 81% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in China had mild disease, including most children. 

What are the symptoms?

Current symptoms reported for patients with coronavirus have included mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing/Shortness of breath.

Many patients with severe complications from the virus have developed pneumonia in both lungs.

How Does it Spread?

According to the CDC, person-to-person is the most common way the coronavirus spreads, similar to a cold or the flu. This can happen:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they present the most symptoms or are the sickest. 
  • Some spread of the virus might be possible before a person has symptoms; there have been reports of this with COVID-19, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. 
  • It may be possible that a person to contract the disease by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is also not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How do I protect myself from COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

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  • 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. To make sure you are washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, sing the ABC’s slowly!
  • If you are not able to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol until soap and water are available to wash your hands.

    • Check the label on the back of your hand sanitizer and make sure there is at least 60% alcohol in the ingredients.
    • Make sure to rub the hand sanitizer into your hands for 20 seconds until it is absorbed and dry.
  • STAY HOME if you feel sick! Do NOT go to work or to class!

    • If you become ill, notify your instructor or Campus Director and contact your healthcare provider for instructions on medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at least 3-6 feet away from anyone showing signs of illness.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Travel

We recommend that WCUI students, faculty and staff refrain from non-essential travel, including business or personal, to international and local areas which the CDC has determined to have experienced a “widespread sustained(ongoing) and sustained(ongoing) community transmission” of the COVID-19. If you travel to an area that had previously or during the course of your travels becomes an area of widespread sustained or sustained community transmission, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days following your return home by WCUI. For a list of countries with travel advisories, visit travel.state.gov and the CDC website.

Students who self-quarantine as a result of travel to impacted countries will be excused from classes during this period. However, as WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing remains operating as normal, these students will be expected to complete their coursework upon their return. 

Students who have or are going to travel must contact your Campus Director:

Your Health Is a Priority!

We want to make sure everyone at WCUI is healthy and safe. Since we are also in peak flu season it is important to take precautions and take care of your hygiene and health. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and STAY HOME if you feel ill. If you become sick, contact your healthcare provider before going to the hospital/clinic and discuss your symptoms. It is crucial to take care of yourself or you could risk worsening your symptoms or infecting others with the flu and other respiratory illnesses. If you have any questions about missing classes or labs due to illness, please contact your instructor or your Campus Director. 

 

For more resources about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and protecting your health and those around you, please visit:

The World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Helpful documents and videos: 

What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

World Health Organization (WHO) – What is Coronavirus Video

CDC Handwashing Video

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