Guidelines and Precautions

The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority, and Barry has been working diligently to help our campus community stay healthy. We are following Centers for Disease Control guidelines and precautions and are maintaining our standard cleaning and sanitizing measures, which are very thorough. We also are working closely with the Florida Department of Health and local county health departments.

Seasonal flu can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Seasonal flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please follow the CDC guidelines below:

Please DO NOT come to any Barry University campus or satellite sites while you are experiencing symptoms. CDC recommends that people with influenza-like illness remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100° F [37.8°C]), or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.

How does seasonal flu spread?

Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or object – with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

Spread the word…not the germs…..

Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.

Other important actions that you can take are:

  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for a week or so; a supply of over-the-counter medicines, alcohol-based hand rubs, tissues and other related items might be useful and help avoid the need to make trips out in public while you are sick and contagious

For more information on Seasonal flu:

Visit the Florida Department of Health Web site at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/DEMO/php/FluInfo.htm, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm or the World Health Organization Web site at www.who.int/en/.

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