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SpelHealth | Your Health During the Holiday Season

November 2022

SpelHealthThe approaching holiday season means more celebrations, more gatherings, but also more risks for illness.

As much of the nation experiences increased cases of COVID-19, flu and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) – particularly in young children – finding measures to avert or mitigate the spread of these and other illnesses is key.

To prevent instances of illness like the flu, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends individuals over six months of age should get vaccinated. Individuals can also slow or stop the spread of germs at holiday gatherings and events by cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and spaces regularly, covering their coughs and sneezes, washing or sanitizing their hands often, and avoiding close contact with individuals who are sick.

Yemi Brown, Pharm.D., Spelman College COVID-19 Operations manager, suggests that students, faculty and staff should remember the College’s mandatory indoor masking policy while actively monitoring their health and paying close attention to illness symptoms like a runny nose or persistent cough.

Spelman students, faculty and staff also have free access to preventative supplies, such as KN95 masks, disinfecting hand sanitizer and rapid antigen self-test kits – all of which are available in the Beverly D. Tatum Suites Private Dining Room each Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Taking proper precautions not only protects you from the threat of illness this holiday season, but doing so helps to protect your friends and loved ones as well.

"This winter season, the important thing to remember is that you can take an active role in stopping the spread of germs by following health precautions and staying informed," said Dr. Brown. "Prevention is key, so be sure to take the time to get an annual flu shot and a bivalent COVID-19 booster when eligible. Remember to always stay home if you feel sick or unwell and consult with a health care provider."

For more information and tips, visit the CDC's website.

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