• H1N1—What to do if you think you have been exposed to the virus
• H1N1 and missed classes—advice for students
H1N1—What to do if you think you have been exposed to the virus:
If you have a mild fever with or without chills, nasal congestion or dry/mildly productive cough for less than a week, and you think you have been in close contact (less than one metre away) with the H1N1 virus:
- Go home and isolate yourself at home as much as possible in a separate room
- Use a mask when closer than three feet from well persons
- Stay away from public areas for a period of two - five days from the onset of symptoms.
If you develop high fever, sweats, chills, cough with pain or increasing sputum—OR—
If you notice shortness of breath, particularly if you have a chronic condition, such as heart disease, immune deficiency or asthma , or if you use puffers:
- See a doctor immediately for testing and/or treatment. You will need to be properly isolated to enter the clinic, so call ahead to arrange a visit:
QEII Emergency Room: 473-2043
SMU Clinic: 420-5611
If you are ill, stay home until you’re symptom free and able to perform regular activities.
REMEMBER: You can reduce your risk of infection by following these simple steps:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cough into your arm or sleeve
- Keep well-hydrated with water
- Use the hand sanitizers available across campus.
H1N1 and missed classes—advice for students:
During the H1N1 season, we are asking that each student devise ways to work with instructors around missed work.
- Be sure to communicate right away with your instructors to let them know that you are ill. Use the contact information on your course outline, distributed on the first day of classes.
- Be specific. If you know that you have H1N1, please tell your instructors.
- Where possible, communicate with your instructor via the Internet and try to stay current with work as much as possible.
- Try to get class notes and assignments e-mailed to you from a classmate.
- Where possible, and with the agreement of the instructor, arrange to e-mail work or make arrangements for any late work to be submitted.