Per the CDC’s recommendation, social distancing involves “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance” whenever possible to limit the ability of the virus to spread.
Social distancing is not the same as self-quarantine or isolation, two other practices being utilized to minimize the coronavirus spread. The key difference is that a quarantine or isolation restricts the movement of people within a certain area or zone to limit transferring and spreading an infection. Social distancing places no such locational constraints, rather it is a behavioral practice to lower the risk in most circumstances.
Due to the increase in the spread of infectious diseases, Mount Aloysius College is taking measures to protect its students, faculty, staff, and their families from potential exposure to disease. One of these measures is social distancing.
Social Distancing is an attempt to limit the spread of disease through human to human contact. Actions to minimize contact between infected and healthy individuals will range from the use of sick time, limitation or cancellation of events, remote working, and actually physically distancing yourself from others.
Social Distancing measures may include:
Maintaining a personal distance between oneself and a person showing symptoms of illness.
Recommend minimum distance is three to six feet. Avoid shaking hands or any physical contact.
Maintaining significant personal distance from students and coworkers via the use of sick time when you are experiencing symptoms of an illness.
Limit meetings that can be held via conference call.
If you have personally traveled or have been close to a person who traveled, use extra caution. No face to face meetings should take place for a period of 14 days while you monitor yourself for symptoms. If you become ill, do not report to the workplace and contact your healthcare provider. Contact Health Services via phone to report the risk.
Students who must be on campus during this time or will return to campus after leaving for any reason should minimize contact with others on campus.
Students who have left campus and return will need to monitor themselves for a period of 14 days. If you become symptomatic (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose) contact Health Services via phone.
Beyond keeping whatever distance is possible and keeping encounters to a minimum people must be mindful of their hygiene routine, making sure to wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.