The CDC currently recommends that older adults "avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.
Based on the current guidance of the CDC, SMC has cancelled the international study abroad trips scheduled for Spring 2020. Moving forward, SMC reserves the right to cancel future trips if they are warranted. The college is temporarily suspending international travel until the situation improves. Should there be any changes to your particular program, the college will notify you directly, and work closely to find a suitable alternative for your studies and travels.
SMC encourages everyone to protect themselves from illness, such as the cold, flu, and COVID-19 by following the recommended actions:
- Get the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Wear a face mask.
- Get a flu shot.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a bent elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
In addition, all older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, should follow extra precautions as recommended by the CDC.
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
These recommendations are accurate as of 3/24/2022.