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Home > About NOVA > Emergency Preparedness > Pandemic Flu > Tips


1. Stay home when you are sick.
Stay home from work and school when you are sick. If diagnosed with swine flu, notify supervisor or Dean of Students as appropriate.

2. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or a tissue so that you do not contaminate your hands. If you cough into a tissue, throw it in a wastebasket immediately.

3. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly will help protect you from germs. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective; dispensers are located at every campus.

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

5. Maintain “social distance”.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them.

6. Practice other good health habits.
Get enough sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

7. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience flu symptoms.
Symptoms may include: abrupt high fever, coughing, congestion, vomiting, sore throat, body aches, excessive fatigue and diarrhea.

8. Educate yourself.
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