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COVID-19 Precautions Listed

March 03, 2020

Wayne Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all of the students, employees, and members of the public who use its facilities.

We also recognize that all of us are responsible for taking precautions to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy, especially when confronting a new infectious disease like COVID-19.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus. There is currently no vaccine to protect against it but there are steps that everyone can take to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it and to prevent infection. Those steps are the same ones that we should be taking in the face of any infectious disease

♦  Avoid close contact with other people who are sick.

♦ Use good handwashing techniques and do so often, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Wash with soap and water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds (the time it take to sing “Happy Birthday” twice). Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

♦ Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched frequently, such as door handles, light switches, counters and desktops, keyboards, and mice, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

♦ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

♦ Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw that tissue into the trash.

♦ Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. (The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.)

♦ Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. If you suspect that you have COVID-19*, call the doctor’s office or emergency room to alert them before you go.

♦ Make sure you are getting information from trusted sources. There are a lot of rumors, false promises, and wrong reports floating around. Please don’t allow yourself to be tricked.

As we have more information to share, we will send it out to you. We will also provide timely and useful information on the Current Health Threats section of our website.

* Symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath and you have traveled to China or other impacted country or have had contact with someone who has traveled to those countries or is known to have COVID-19. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and may appear as a mild to severe respiratory illness.