Epidemic/Pandemic

Definition

An epidemic is a widespread outbreak of a disease. A pandemic is an epidemic of worldwide proportions.

Suggested practices
  • Direct patients to local hospitals.
  • Exposed staff should be sent home and public health notified.
  • Avoid coming to work when sick, especially with an infectious disease.
  • Practice social distancing (three foot distance between individuals), and minimize physical contact with other people.
  • Reduce face-to-face meetings. Use email, telephone, and video conferencing.
  • Avoid sharing printed documents.
  • Practice good personal hygiene.
    • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth whenever possible.
    • Avoid touching public inanimate objects as much as possible. Germs can linger for several hours on objects such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, faucet handles, and stair railings.
    • Use alcohol wipes to clean inanimate objects before touching them.
    • Use antibacterial hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
    • Practice good cough etiquette.
  • Actively monitor websites, publications, news releases, etc., of federal and local health organizations to keep current in epidemic/pandemic situations.

The Office of the President, in conjunction with Communication & Marketing, will deliver public health messages to ATSU students, faculty, and staff, if warranted.

It may be anticipated the affected campus will remain open, classes will continue, and employees will be required to attend work as scheduled, unless they are ill. In the event of a circulating strain of a severe illness affecting many individuals, it may be necessary to close the campus for a period of time. This decision will be reached by the president, based on recommendations by public health officials. In this event, certain essential employees may be required to report to work.
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