March 9, 2020
Message to Students, Faculty & Staff
We understand that the Novel Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is causing much anxiety in our community, state and the world. William Penn University would like to share the following information and reminders as we begin Spring Break. Please be mindful as you travel and review the following information. If you are sick, please reach out to Heidi Scholes directly before coming back to campus so that we can discuss the best course of action.
WHAT IS KNOWN
- The virus causing COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified, and causes a respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe respiratory disease.
- Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications fromCOVID-19 are believe to be the very old, very young and those with other chronic or underlying medical conditions.
- There is no vaccine or treatment currently available for COVID-19, so prevention is very important.
HOW THE VIRUS SPREADS
- COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
- People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease.
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
- Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
- Wash your hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer) frequently.
- Avoid touching your mouth and nose since that is how germs get into the body.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (everyday household disinfectants are fine).
- Enhance cleaning of high touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles and sink handles.
The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority, thank you for your cooperation.