Preventing Flu, COVID-19 and RSV

Posted By: Ann Merchlewitz On: 2024-01-10
Posted On: 2024-01-10

The nation and the State of Minnesota are experiencing an increasing number of flu, COVID-19, and RSV cases. The flu and COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at protecting you against the severe consequences of influenza and COVID-19, respectively.  Consider staying up-to-date on flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. As we are confined to indoor spaces, please take the following precautions to make yourself and our university community safer:

  • Wash your hands often.  Use soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.  Always wash your hands after sneezing, coughing, or using the bathroom, and before eating.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette.  Be sure to cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.  Throw the tissues away and wash your hands immediately.
  • Avoid close contact with those confirmed or suspected of having the flu, COVID-19, or RSV, especially in crowded indoor spaces.  Consider wearing a mask in such places.
  • Most importantly, stay home and away from others when you are sick to prevent transmitting respiratory viruses that lead to the flu, COVID-19, and RSV.  Remember, you may not know what staff member, faculty member, or student is immuno-compromised.  You could be jeopardizing their health as well as your own.