An undergraduate in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is recovering from swine flu after feeling unwell last Tuesday. The student has made a full recovery and is no longer infectious. Occupational Health are confident that he did not come into contact with any staff or students since contracting the virus, since he lives in private accommodation with non-Imperial students.
Despite this, Occupational Health are still advising everyone to abide by the the following precautionary measures:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Bin your tissue after use.
- If you don?t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze and before eating.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Flu spreads that way.
- Wash your hands before preparing or eating food and do not leave food uncovered.
Any staff or students who feel unwell or who have any of the symptoms of flu: sudden onset of cough or fever, sore throat, headache, chills, aching muscles, difficulty breathing and tiredness; are advised to phone their registered GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647. In the case of suspected swine flu you should return home immediately, having contacted your senior/postgraduate tutor or line manager, staying indoors and confined where possible until the symptoms have passed.
The Live! Editor is concerned that she currently has seven of the eight symptoms but suspects this just a mild case of hypochondria.