MiraCosta College News Central

Preventing Illness at MiraCosta College

02/14/2020

We are currently at the height of the cold and flu season. In addition to high numbers of influenza (flu) cases in San Diego County, there remain concerns in the media regarding the recently identified 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). 


According to the California Department of Public Health, the health risk to the general public in California for novel coronavirus remains low. 



The way to protect yourself from getting sick is the following:

  • Get a free flu shot at a County of San Diego Public Health Center Immunization Clinic. Obtain more information.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick and encourage others to do the same. 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing. 


* A note about face masks: Face masks are most useful for preventing disease spread when they are worn by people who have symptoms. This is why people are asked to wear a mask at doctor offices and hospitals if they are coughing or sneezing. 


Travelers from mainland China arriving in the United States since February 3, 2020 should be excused from school for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China. People who think they may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus should contact their health care provider immediately. 


If you are having a medical emergency, please call 911. If you are feeling ill while on campus, please go to Health Services at the Oceanside Campus (OC 3326) or the San Elijo Campus (SAN 922). If students are off-campus or at the Community Learning Center, and would like to speak with a nurse, please call Health Services at 760.795.6675. 


Additional questions? Contact Health Services at mccshs@miracosta.edu.


Faculty and Staff: During this heightened cold and flu season, please be flexible and accommodating with your students and colleagues. If your student has to be excused from school for 14 days due to travels from mainland China since February 3, 2020, please work with the student to complete coursework remotely. 


MiraCosta College will continue to work in conjunction with the County of San Diego Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the news, review updates from local officials, and help protect the health of our campus community.