While there are no confirmed cases of the swine flu virus in Wake County, the Meredith College Health Center recommends campus community members follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to prevent the spread of the swine flu virus.
Those with flu symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue) should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading the disease. Do not return until two days after the symptoms are gone.
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze (with a tissue or cough or sneeze in your sleeve).
Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer. (At Meredith’s dining hall, hand sanitizer is available for use after collecting your plate before you eat. Hand sanitizer dispensers are on both walls of the food court as you exit into the dining rooms.)
Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes.
Go to the hospital if you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, but if your symptoms are mild, stay home to avoid spreading the virus to others at the hospital.
Masks may be recommended for health care workers, family members and others who come in close contact with swine flu patients, but there is no need for the general public to wear masks.
Properly handled pork is safe to eat. Cook at least 160 degrees.
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For more information, click here to visit the CDC web site.