On Wednesday afternoon, the World Health Organization raised the swine flu to level 5, indicating widespread human-to-human transmission. A campus emergency task force is actively monitoring the situation and developing strategies to deal with this rapidly-evolving issue.
There are no known cases of swine flu at Cal Poly Pomona, including its residence halls and auxiliary areas. However, we must be vigilant to prevent the spread of this virus:
Stay informed. The university has developed a Swine Flu Information web site, which includes a frequently asked questions page, that will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
Stay home if you get sick. If you experience symptoms of the flu, I strongly recommend that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Symptoms of swine flu include: fever over 100 degrees; headache; muscle aches; cough; runny or stuffy nose; sore throat; fatigue; and rarely, stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
Other easy tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:
Wash your hands. Keep your hands clean by washing often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
Cover your cough. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. You can also cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or shoulder to avoid infecting your hand.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread that way.
Students who exhibit symptoms of the flu are asked to immediately contact Student Health Services at (909) 869-4000 for a free health screening. Faculty and staff who exhibit symptoms of the flu are asked to contact their health care provider and notify their immediate supervisor.
For additional information about Cal Poly Pomona's response to the swine flu, visit the regularly-updated Swine Flu Information web site or call Environmental Health & Safety at (909) 869-4697.