Your health is in your own two (clean!) hands, so follow this flu prevention advice from health experts.
Avoid the flu
- Get vaccinated. Check for availability of vaccines from Gannett and community providers.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow if tissues aren't available.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough, sneeze, or touch shared surfaces. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective (60 to 95% alcohol).
- Clean shared surfaces (doorknobs, keyboards, phones, etc.) with disinfectant.
- Do not share cups, eating utensils, smoking paraphernalia, lip balm, etc.
- Be careful in crowded party settings where loud up close conversation, shared food bowls and pizzas, and drinking games create exposure risks.
- Avoid close contact with sick people. Keep a distance of about 6 feet if possible. (Just walking by or sitting near an infected person in an office or waiting room is not considered close contact.)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Strengthen your immune system: eat a balanced diet; exercise on a regular basis; get plenty of rest.
Prepare for the flu
- Prepare a health kit for yourself as well as any dependents.
- Have a plan for school, work and family life issues (e.g. absences, child/elder care).
- Make contingency plans for recovering away from campus.
- Register with Cornell.
- Students: maintain up-to-date emergency contact information at Cornell's online Student Center.
- Faculty and staff: use Who I_Am to maintain up-to-date emergency contact information.
- Students and Parents: Consider purchasing tuition insurance before the first day of classes each semester.
Put some fun in handwashing
Watch this song on YouTube entitled "Perfect Bathroom Trip"
- through infected droplets expelled by talking, kissing, spitting, coughing and sneezing
- droplets can spread from the infected person, either directly to other people or indirectly through hands and shared items or surfaces
- the virus can be transmitted before, during, and after an infected person has symptoms