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Student Health and Education Services warns against Coronavirus

Student Health and Education Services warns against Coronavirus

In response to a large number of Loyola students traveling abroad over spring break, Loyola’s Student Health and Education Services sent a campus-wide email on Feb. 27 encouraging protective measures to take in regards to the Coronavirus outbreak. The following is an excerpt of advice, which they cite from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

“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.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

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

Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. The 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 email also outlines the emergency response procedure at Loyola, in which the Student Health and Education Services writes,

“The University has a pandemic plan that is ready for implementation if needed.

Administrative departments are reminded that they should update their business continuity plans so that employees can continue to provide support and services needed during any crisis/emergency.

Academic affairs has its own academic and instructional continuity plan that has already been used during inclement weather situations and could be used in any other emergency.

The office of international programs will continue to be in touch with all students who are studying abroad. We will continue to provide them with the most up-to-date information, working closely with their programs. As of right now, only the programs in Beijing and Florence have decided to close for the semester.”

Any student experiencing anxiety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak is encouraged to contact the Counseling Center, Campus Ministry, or Student Life

Additionally, Student Health and Education Services encourage the university to visit the university’s COVID-19 information webpage and reminds the campus that in the event of an emergency, information will be posted here.

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Student Health and Education Services warns against Coronavirus