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Respiratory Illness Prevention Precautions
- Washing your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or the bend of your elbow, not your hands.
- Using the nearest waste receptacle to dispose of the tissue after use.
- Avoiding contact with sick or affected individuals.
What to do if you feel ill
If you are feeling any symptoms of a respiratory illness, including fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, DO NOT go to an Urgent Care Center or the Emergency Room for treatment.
First, call one of the following numbers so that proper respiratory illness response protocols can be followed to minimize potential risk of transmission. You will be instructed on how to report for treatment.
WV U Medicine Student Health: 304-285-7200
WVU Medical Access and Referral System (MARS): 304-598-6000
Mon Health Medical Center: 304-285-3798
- Learn more about Coronavirus, watch an interview with expert Dr. Kathy Moffett, read about myths vs. facts, see the Experts, news, and more.
- Read this article to learn more about relying on trusted resources and information, taking action to prepare for a pandemic, knowing what not to do, and more.
- More related links from ASSP:
- Preparing for a Pandemic: Lessons From H1N1
- Emergency Response and Business Continuity: The Next Generation in Planning
- International Practice Specialty Feb. 2020 Administrator’s Message: Coronavirus
- Coronavirus: Communicating Responsibly in the Workplace: A Guide for Risk Managers, Safety Professionals, and Human Resources Professionals
- Pandemic Influenza Epidemiology and Planning — Are Your Organization and Family Prepared?
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering
- Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Spread of the Outbreak
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published this guide to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
The document provides practical guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, and contains information on safe work practices and appropriate personal protective equipment based on the risk level of exposure.
In addition to the guidance, OSHA recently launched a COVID-19 webpage . For further information about Coronavirus, please visit the HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage on COVID-19 .