Staying Healthy: Coronavirus and Flu | Thomas Nelson Community College

Staying Healthy: Coronavirus and Flu

February 2, 2020

February 2, 2020 - Thomas Nelson officials are closely monitoring information regarding the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”).  The direct risk coronavirus poses to the College remains low; however, this remains a dynamic and evolving public health situation.

As recently as Jan. 30, the U.S. State Department and The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended not traveling to China.  Several airlines have suspended flights to and from China due to the outbreak.  

At this point, as part of a transient community, it's important we each do our part to stay healthy.  If you are a student, faculty, staff member and/or visitor to one of our campuses or sites who has recently traveled to China or who may have come in contact with an infected individual AND you exhibit fever, shortness of breath, or a cough, you should seek medical assistance through your primary care physician.

If you are planning travel abroad, remember to:

  • Visit and/or consult with your primary care physician and/or healthcare provider.
  • Review the most recent information from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health in advance for current travel health and vaccination recommendations.
  • Enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, to receive current embassy alerts and messages for your destinations.

The best preventative steps for any communicable disease include simple but important measures to practice as part of your daily routine:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water.
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

These precautions may help reduce your risk of many respiratory infections, including influenza, which is currently widespread across the nation and in Virginia.  The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.  Flu shots are available through primary care physicians and local pharmacies.

If you have a fever, with or without respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), you are advised to stay home. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease is advised to remain out of class, away from work, and avoid others for the duration of the illness and for 24 hours after symptoms abate.

College officials are actively monitoring the situation will continue to work closely with our partners at the Virginia Department of Health.

For students, faculty, staff and/or visitors with personal health-related questions, please consult your primary care physician and/or healthcare provider.

For more information about the 2019-nCoV virus, visit the links below: