As expected, H1N1 flu has remained a focus of attention for health authorities and providers, including campus health officials across the country. Consistent with the advice of public health authorities, NYU plans to remain operational and continue its educational mission in the face of possible outbreaks on campus. NYU has developed and implemented plans to respond to and possibly decrease the impact of an H1N1 outbreak. Further information is available on the Student Health Center website. We strongly encourage all residents to remember that we all have a shared responsibility to one another to reduce the unnecessary spread of flu and infection. Alcohol-based wipes are available for wiping down the mouse/keyboard of the computers in all of the residence hall computer labs, and alcohol-based gel hand sanitizer is available at the front desks of Mercer Residence and D’Agostino Hall, and in the Office of Facilities Services and the Office of Residential Life.
Whether at home, living in a residence hall, or traveling abroad, cleanliness is a key to prevention. For this reason, we encourage everyone to practice the following simple but very important steps in order to reduce the risk of infection:
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, either with your sleeve or a tissue or handkerchief (Whenever possible, avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands).
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze (Rub hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds covering all surfaces of the hands. Rinse with warm water and dry using a disposable towel). Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth to keep flu germs from entering your body.
- Avoid sharing objects such as utensils, cups, bottles and telephones. If you must share, disinfect the objects before and after using them.
- Keep your living and work areas clean.
- Stay home if you are feeling sick. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The flu and cold viruses are spread by respiratory droplets passed from one person to another. These droplets can pass among people in close contact.
If you are sick:
Call the Student Health Center at (212) 443-1000 and speak with a nurse about symptoms.
For mild symptoms:
- Stay home until you have been fever free for 24 hours.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Take acetaminophen for fever.
If you are ill, DO NOT go to class or to work. You should stay home or in your room at the residence hall and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others. You should NOT attend class or return to work until your fever has been resolved (without medication) for 24 hours. This also applies if you plan to use public transportation to return home or travel.
If you have flu-like symptoms and develop any of the following warning signs:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
- Sudden dizzyness.
- Severe or persistent vomiting.
...seek emergency medical care by calling 911 or NYU Public Safety at (212) 998-2222.