October 7, 2009
With flu season approaching and the increased number of H1N1 cases (aka Swine Flu), ECS is taking precautionary measures to protect its staff, recruiters, and students from getting sick during the busy fall season. ECS has several staff members with compromised immunity, so we are making a concerted effort to keep our office as germ-free as possible. Employers have also expressed growing concern regarding the H1NI virus and the flu when arranging to visit campus for recruitment. This year, it's likely that many recruiters won't be shaking hands, in hopes of reducing the spread of germs. Don't be offended if someone doesn't want to shake hands.
Take simple precautions to keep yourself healthy during flu season...get your flu shot, get enough sleep, eat healthfully, drink plenty of water, take a multivitamin, wash your hands often (or use hand sanitizer), avoid contact with sick people, and avoid touching your nose/mouth.
Symptoms of H1N1 include: fever of more than 100 degrees, lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing. Some people have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, headache, difficulty breathing, vomiting and diarrhea. If you are sick, stay home and call your doctor. If you live in a residence hall, notify your RA. This is critical to stopping the spread of swine flu and all other types of flu. The Center for Disease Control recommends that people with flu remain home until at least 24 hours after they are fever-free without the help of fever-reducing medicines. For more info about H1N1, visit OSU's flu website.
If you are sick, keep in mind that no one wants to catch your illness... influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. If you are coughing, cover your mouth by coughing into your sleeve. If you are not feeling well on the day of a scheduled appointment with ECS or an on-campus interview, simply call ECS at 292-6651.
- Appointments with ECS staff... we can either reschedule your appointment or if your question is urgent, a staff member would be happy to speak with you on the phone or communicate via email regarding your job search concerns.
- On-campus interviews... we will arrange a phone interview (instead of a face-to-face interview) with the employer that you are interviewing with.
"The greatest wealth is health."
References: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Columbus Public Health, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio State University Emergency Management.
Authored by Rachel Kaschner.