Campus will follow recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and the Knox County Health Department in the event of a health crisis. The administration will use campus communication methods to share information about health hazards and the impact they will have on campus operations. Your actions make a difference in controlling the spread of pandemic viruses like the flu.
Likely campus actions in the early stages of a pandemic: Awareness and training efforts to reinforce key prevention measures and control the spread of disease:
- Monitor campus updates for information on vaccinations, precautions, and policy/procedure changes that result from a flu/pandemic outbreak on campus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water—especially before eating and 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.
- Do NOT share your food, drink, or utensils with others.
- Avoid close contact with sick people. Onset of symptoms can take up to three days after you’ve been exposed to the virus.
- If you become sick, stay home and avoid contact with others until you’ve been symptom-free for twenty-four hours. A mild, lingering cough may occur and, as long as there are no other flu symptoms, this shouldn’t prevent proceeding with your normal activities.
Progression of campus actions if the disease continues to spread: The campus will institute other procedures to limit the spread of disease such as:
- Social distancing procedures which may include restricting face to face meetings in favor of alternate communication means, restrictions on public gatherings, an increase in remote delivery of instruction and telecommuting, and any other procedures that reduce exposure.
- Travel restrictions and cancellations based on warnings from the US State Department travel advisory system
- Quarantine and isolation is not a university policy, but may become necessary for persons presenting symptoms who are unable to find alternate accommodations.
- Finally, it may become necessary to suspend campus operations to critical support functions until the threat has passed.