Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming. Part of it is the uncertainty, not knowing what will happen next. Part of it is seeing repeated images or hearing repeated reports about the outbreak in the media. The COVID-19 illness is particularly intense in this regard. Not only is the virus constantly in the news but the responses at the federal, state, and even college levels are changing as new information develops and we continue to take steps to ensure the health and safety of staff and students.
Things you can do to support yourself:
Remember, it is not only okay to stay home if you are not feeling well, it is an obligation in this unusual time. Work can wait. Here are some ways you can protect yourself and those around you now:
If you have traveled to or through an area with known community transmission (Level 3 travel risk according to the CDC), please notify your supervisor immediately.
Also, if you have known or suspected contact with affected individuals, please stay home and notify your direct supervisor immediately.
Finally, we do understand that as we continue to take precautions and evaluate thresholds, some of you may still not feel safe. Older adults or people with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems are considered to be at higher risk for serious complications from this virus. If you fall within these groups OR just feel anxious or unsafe, please see Resa Hess in HR to discuss options available to you such as personal leave or requesting a reasonable accommodation. Your safety and well-being is a priority.
As instructional activities shift to online or alternative environments, please keep in close contact with your professors for the most up-to-date information regarding your own courses.