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Facilitating Self-Isolation of Residential Students with Flu-like Illness
- Those with flu-like illness will follow "self-isolation protocols." They will avoid any contact with other people, except to seek medical care, for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. They will stay away from others during this time period even if they are taking antiviral drugs for treatment of the flu. They are not to attend class or any public event. Students in self-isolation will be monitored closely by Whitworth residence-life and health center staff, including trained student medics living in each residence hall, to ensure their well-being.
- They must wear a mask when going to the restroom and must wipe down, with disinfecting wipes, the sinks, shower stalls and toilets they use . If they are too ill to do so, the medic or medic on call will assist them. Supplies will be provided to them.
- If a student with flu-like illness has a roommate, the roommate will move out until the ill student is no longer symptomatic.
- Meals will be provided to the student at no extra charge. The student's R.A. will make arrangements for delivery.
- If possible, residential students with flu-like illness who live relatively close to campus should return home to keep from making others sick. These students should be instructed to travel in a way that limits contact with others as much as possible. For example, travel by private car or taxi would be preferable to use of public transportation.
- Students with private rooms should remain in their rooms and receive care and meals from a single person. Additionally, staff and faculty can make regular contact by e-mail, text messaging, phone calls, or other methods with students who are in self-isolation.
- If close contact with others cannot be avoided, the ill student should be asked to wear a surgical mask during the period of contact. Close contact includes things like caring for or living with the ill person. Close contact is three or fewer feet from the sick student.
- Instruct any student with a flu-like illness to seek medical attention promptly if s/he has a medical condition that puts him or her at increased risk of severe illness from flu, is concerned about the illness, or develops severe symptoms such as increased fever, shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, or rapid breathing.
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