Stay home when you’re sick

Note: Following is an excerpt from a message by Provost Paul DeLuca regarding flu prevention. This and other related information is available online at the campus Influenza Information and Prevention Website. Also, see these Flu Pandemic Planning HR Guidelines issued by the campus Office of Human Resources.

I recognize that preparing for the start of the academic term is a challenge in itself, without your having to devise contingency plans for class-absentee rates that may be higher than usual or for the possibility that you might have to miss a week of class yourself, or without having to think creatively about ways instruction could continue from afar if social-distancing strategies were implemented.

However, the campus pandemic response plan requires your active engagement to succeed. As we embark on this semester, there are four important actions you can take to help mitigate the spread of disease:

— First and foremost, stay home when you’re sick, and tell your students and graduate assistants that you expect them to do the same. Students should not be encouraged to “tough it out” and come to class when they’re sick. Neither should you.

To limit the spread of disease, everyone on campus must consider it prudent to stay home from work and class at the first sign of influenza symptoms (fever of 100 degrees F/37.8 degrees C or higher with cough or sore throat) until at least 24 hours after they have been completely fever-free (without fever-reducing medication). For most people, this takes three to five days (health care workers must stay out for a minimum of seven days from symptom onset).