Emeritus students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 as detailed by the CDC and Public Health should self-isolate and call their healthcare provider or Student Health Services 310-434-4262 immediately. It is important that you let SMC know so that we can work hand-in-hand with public health authorities in case of a suspected transmission affecting our population. Please note, again, that per the CDC and Public Health authorities, older adults are at higher risk for COVID-19.
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 2/28/2023.