The health and well-being of our MCA community members are of the utmost importance. The following can help protect yourself and others from the flu and flu-like illnesses:
- Use common sense in avoiding the spread of flu and coronavirus.
- Wash hands often and thoroughly for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home. Do not come to Rust Hall for class or for work.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, if possible, and discard the tissue immediately after use. Should no tissue be available, cough or sneeze in the interior elbow area of your arm.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Anyone who is sick with flu-like symptoms is asked to report their illness to a Student Affairs officer.
For additional information about the coronavirus (dubbed “2019-nCoV”), please monitor the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. Likewise, there is helpful information on the CDC website for measures to take to protect against flu.
If you are very sick or think you have been exposed to a virus, contact your healthcare provider immediately. We remind you of the arrangement with Methodist Healthcare through which you are able to use selected clinics with your college I.D. card. The preferred location for walk in visits is located at 3473 Poplar Ave #103, Memphis, TN 38111.
–What causes the coronavirus?
According to the CDC, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. COVID-19 is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. According to the CDC, all three of these viruses have their origins in bats.
While this virus originally emerged from an animal source, health officials indicate it is now spreading from person-to-person. When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. The spread of MERS and SARS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.
–What are the symptoms?
For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.
–How is it diagnosed?
Your health care provider can determine if diagnostic testing with the CDC is needed.
–How is it treated?
Management for the coronavirus is similar to the flu. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Take Motrin or Tylenol for fever and drink fluids and get plenty of rest. One of the most important steps you can take if you experience symptoms is to self-isolate, avoid travel and limit contact with others.
–How is it prevented?
You can help prevent the virus from spreading by practicing good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put your used tissue in the trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Additionally, washing your hands often with soap and water, practicing social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth are key. The Campus Enhancement team has implemented cleaning at increased time intervals in common areas and stationed hand sanitizer dispensers in facilities across campus as an added precautionary measure.
–Do I need to wear a mask?
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
–What if I think I have been exposed to someone?
Please contact any member of the MCA Student Affairs Staff.