This fall season, there are high chances of flu infection cases rising along with the covid cases. Amidst the pandemic and dangers of influenza (flu) infections, colleges and schools are reopening this fall. Students will be returning to their normal routines. However, there will be a relative change in the environment and practices. By adopting preventative measures and formulating precautionary strategies, colleges are working to keep their faculty, staff, and students safe. Here’s the latest 2021 update regarding how colleges aim to keep everyone safe.
Colleges Taking the Steps towards Safety from Covid-19
It is essential to take safety measures to return to the old routine. The good news is, colleges and schools are reopening to continue on-campus classes this fall season. The introduction and widespread use of covid vaccines encourage the steps colleges and schools are taking. Nevertheless, only vaccination doesn’t guarantee safety from coronavirus. While the number of cases has reduced, the pandemic hasn’t ended yet. CDC in the US encourages universities to follow their guidelines and use their resources to remain safe during the pandemic. Here are the steps colleges are taking.
Encouraging Covid Vaccination
There are many types of vaccines available at the hospitals and urgent care centers around us. All the vaccines initialize an immunization antigen process in our body that protects us from infections and viruses (i.e., covid-19). Thus, colleges are encouraging their staff, faculty, and students to get vaccinated at their nearest urgent care center.
Fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students will help prevent the spread in the college premises. Moreover, colleges can begin vaccination clinics around campus and encourage all students to receive their vaccine doses.
Face Mask Mandate
Everyone should follow certain standards and protocols to reduce the risk of Covid, irrespective of occupation, location, etc. These preventative measures ensure your safety and those around you. Wearing a face covering can help slow the spread, especially in crowded places like college. Not to mention, covering your face while sneezing and coughing is important. Even fully vaccinated students need to wear masks in an area with substantial or high transmission.
Ensuring Social Distancing
Without any discrimination, colleges have to encourage social distancing. Staying at least six feet apart is essential to reducing physical contact. If there is a mixed population of both fully vaccinated people and those who are not fully vaccinated, colleges have to devise strategies to protect everyone.
Practicing Symptom Screening
Colleges also encourage students, faculty, and staff to take up regular symptom screening to learn about their health condition and detect covid as early as possible. This promotes better prevention techniques and treatments. Moreover, it reduces the risk for others.
In order to stay safe, colleges are adopting various strategies by following CDC’s guidelines to keep their staff, faculty, and students safe. They are encouraging students to visit their nearest urgent care centers to receive vaccination as early as possible.