The University of Tennessee is urging all students, faculty and staff to be proactive in dealing with all influenza-like illnesses that have the typical symptoms of fever, cough, and sore throat. The H1N1 flu virus (commonly referred to as “Swine Flu”) is particularly contagious. With the expectation that cases will continue to increase nationwide, UT officials are encouraging everyone to take the following actions to minimize the risk of contracting or transmitting H1N1.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If a tissue is not available, cough into your shirt sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Wash your hands before eating.
- Do not share your food or drink with others.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
If you feel sick with a flu-like illness, you should avoid contact with others, go home if at all possible and remain there until 24 hours after symptoms cease. For more specific information, please consult the Student Health Services website at: http://web.utk.edu/~shs/.