Swine Flu update: Travel tips and standing up for (sub-par?) sanitizer
With a World Bank employee and White House staffer confirmed as the first D.C.-area swine flu cases and outbreaks popping up and Universities, it’s easy to get freaked out about Swine Flu (or, in more politically correct terms, “H1N1″). If the University’s plan of action didn’t assuage you, here’s more info:
MEXICO: While other schools are evacuating their students from Mexico, according to University Spokesperson Julie Green-Bataille, no Georgetown students are currently studying there. No decisions have been made about the future of study abroad programs in Mexico at this point.
Jim Welsh, Assistant Vice President for Student Health, said at yesterday’s information session that any students from Mexico who are going home for the summer should check in with Student Health services before they leave.
TREATMENT: In the information session, Mary Young, a professor of infectious diseases, stressed that no one from the US has died (the only fatality in the States was a young Mexican boy who was brought to Houston for treatment) and that there are medications, such as Tamiflu, that appear to work against swine flu (although, she did mention that every pharmacy in D.C. was sold-out).
TRAVEL: Young also said that the surgical masks hypochondriacs have been sporting are pretty useless and that anyone flying home after exams should be fine, but should be washing their hands very, very frequently while traveling.
SANITIZER: And those complaints about Georgetown using anti-bacterial sanitizer to combat a virus (one of the central complaints of the classic anti-Todd Olson email)? Green-Bataille says the University’s just following instructions:
As for the sanitizers, alcohol based hand sanitizer and bleach wipes are among the items recommended for use to us by health officials. These are precautionary measures and meant at this point meant to keep areas clean.
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