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A note to students and employees about influenza in 2020

According to the CDC, while people are focused on the coronavirus in the world and the United States, the following rates are for people under investigation in the United States as of January 29, 2020:

Positive

6

Negative

68

Pending§

92

Total

165

While the coronavirus is spreading, there have been no deaths in the United States to date.

The greater threat in the United States is the seasonal influenza with more than 15 million cases reported, 140,000 hospitalizations, and 9,200 deaths, so far.

Common Flu Signs & Symptoms

Flu signs and symptoms usually come on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • 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 for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands  often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

Students: if you think you have flu-like symptoms, you are encouraged to come to the WVU Tech Student Health Clinic for evaluation. You may reach the clinic at (304)929-1241.

Employees: if you experience flu-like symptoms, make an appointment with your health care provider.