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How Campuses Can Respond to the Coronavirus Outbreak

February 3rd, 2020 by Guest Communications

How Campuses Can Respond to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Written by: Robin Hattersley-Gray, Editor-in-Chief, Campus Safety

The current coronavirus outbreak that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, has put the world on edge. That’s especially true now that there are indications person-to-person spread of the respiratory illness is occurring.

So what can schools and universities do to keep the virus from spreading among their students and employees?

Several years ago, Campus Safety spoke with Dr. Sony Shepherd of Safe Havens International on the steps campuses can take to limit the spread of the H1N1 virus. Her advice applies today to the coronavirus.

Those steps include:

  1. Create or review your pandemic flu plan and identify which officials are responsible for activating it.
  2. Educate your community about common sense hygiene that can prevent the spread of disease: washing hands; covering your mouth when coughing; and staying home from school or work when you are sick.
  3. Address continuity of operations should the campus be closed for a significant amount of time.
  4. Stock up on infection prevention supplies (cleaning supplies).
  5. Develop a process with the public health department on how to report absenteeism.
  6. Have policies in place outlining how and when to isolate students if they become ill.
  7. Have policies in place outlining when students who have recovered can return to school.
  8. Heed the advice of organizations like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  9. Don’t purchase masks — they won’t prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Additional information on the transmission, symptoms and complications of the coronavirus, as well as its prevention and treatment, can be found here and here.

This article appeared on Campus Safety and is shared with consent: https://www.campussafetymagazine.com/news/how-campuses-can-respond-to-the-coronavirus-outbreak/


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