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Staying Healthy

  • How to stay healthy

      It is important to follow these simple steps:
    • Become familiar with and recognize symptoms of the illness.
    • Seek care immediately if you have recently traveled within the affected region and are experiencing symptoms.
    • Always practice good hygiene – wash your hands, cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing (into the crook of your elbow rather than your hands is best), and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
    • Get an annual flu shot
  • If you are sick

    Employees and students must stay home (or be sent home) if they have fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms in accordance with California Department of Public Health guidance issued on March 7, 2020. 

    Coronavirus symptoms can include a high fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for this virus appears to be 2-14 days.

    Please help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses with these additional tips:

    • Cover mouth and nose with sleeve, elbow or a tissue when sneezing or coughing
    • Do not share drinks or foods with others
    • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes
    • Avoid close contact with others
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects
    • Stay at home if you are unwell

    Any member of our community who has traveled to a potentially impacted area within the last two weeks or has come in contact with someone who may have the virus AND is experiencing symptoms such as those described above should immediately contact their health care provider and seek medical attention.

  • Enhanced Environmental Safety Measures

    As we individually do our part to stay healthy and prevent the spread of germs, CSUSM has – in an abundance of caution – increased the frequency of services to clean and disinfect high-use/high-touch areas. In addition, numerous hand sanitizer stations are placed at high-traffic areas throughout campus and signs with good hygiene reminders have been mounted at building entrances. 

  • Social Distancing

    Social distancing is a term used by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease. For example, keep a healthy distance from people you don't know, avoid unnecessary travel, public events and other large gatherings.

    Social distancing is can be effective with as little as six feet of distance between individuals. Research shows that reducing the concentration of people in an area can lower the risk of infection for everyone.

  • Wash Hands

    Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important when preparing food, after coughing or sneezing, touching garbage, or using the bathroom. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Should I wear a mask

    Local and state public health agencies currently do not recommend that people wear masks when they are in public. This is because the immediate health risk to the general public in the US is currently low. Additionally, scientists are not sure whether wearing a mask in public actually keeps healthy people from getting sick.  It’s most important for people who are sick to wear a mask in a healthcare setting (such as a waiting room) to avoid exposing other people when they cough or sneeze.

    In some parts of the world, mask use is customary. People wear masks often for a variety of reasons, including to avoid pollen and air pollution, as a courtesy to others when they have the common cold, and for other cultural and even social reasons.

    The Department of Public Health  recommends staying home and away from others if you are sick. However, keep in mind that if we see our friends, neighbors or other community members wearing a mask we should not assume that they have been exposed to coronavirus or any other illness (coronavirus is not currently present in our community). Because mask use is customary in some cultures, it’s not appropriate to make assumptions about why someone is wearing a mask or to stigmatize or discriminate against people who choose to wear masks.