October 29, 2009
H1N1 and seasonal flu have similar symptoms: fever with cough and/or sore throat. Other symptoms of Influenza-like Illness (ILI) include body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. H1N1 also may cause diarrhea and vomiting.
High risk factors include pregnancy, asthma, chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular disorders, metabolic disorders such as diabetes, and immune suppression (including immune suppression caused by medication or by HIV).
However, if symptoms become serious, individuals should seek medical attention. Most may not see a medical practitioner. Recovered students may return to class without a doctor’s note attesting to illness. Instructors are requested not to send students to Student Health Services only to acquire a physician’s note. In considering student requests to withdraw from courses, flu illness will be considered a “serious and compelling reason.”
This is particularly useful in locations with a high volume of face to face activity.
In locations with frequently touched equipment such as computer keyboards, countertops, or telephones, individuals are encouraged to have available hand sanitizing agents and to wipe down surfaces regularly.
Cancellation of classes based on suspected or confirmed cases of H1N1 is not necessary or advised.