Georgetown braces for the return of H1N1
Hey, great to see you again! How was your summer, H1N1?
The beginning of the school year is always full of logistical challenges for college administrators, but this year they’ve got another potential problem to deal with: swine flu, which is now going by the less catchy moniker, H1N1.
Inside Higher Ed is reporting that there have already been H1N1 outbreaks at Anderson University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Kansas and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
According to a recent article in the Washington Post, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that schools encourage self-isolation of sick students and consider suspending classes if any significant portion of the student body catches the virus.
Georgetown came away from this Spring’s big swine flu scare relatively unscathed, but administrators are already taking precautions as students start to return to campus. According to a campus-wide email sent out by Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson and Assistant Vice President for Student Health James Walsh on Friday, there have been a couple of H1N1 cases at Georgetown over the summer, but all have fully recovered and are no longer contagious.
The email said that students who currently have the flu should delay their return to campus. If you get sick while on campus, the email instructs you to call the Student Health Center’s H1N1 advice line at (202) 784-4161 and stay in your room until you’ve recovered.
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