College move-in looks different this year. While some schools are opting for online instruction, others are offering on-campus living and in-person classes. Colleges are considering a variety of different models in order to try to identify and contain COVID-19 outbreaks. NPR reported that some colleges are planning to test campus members twice a week while others are requiring initial tests. For colleges with campuses opening, studies are showing more frequently that consistent testing is needed in order to keep students and faculty safe. The CDC has listed considerations for school administrators on their website. They provided some guidelines on how risky are certain activities, engaging campus communities in safe behaviors, maintaining healthy spaces, and formulating a plan for when someone gets sick.
Even if your university has guidelines consistent with recommendations, it is important for students and campus staff to be vigilant. Staying safe will in turn help to keep others safe. When shopping for things to bring to campus, make sure to include these on your shopping list.
- Masks- Multiple masks are essential for protecting yourself and others. After each use, make sure to wash that mask in order to get rid of the air particles. Also, remember to avoid touching the mask or your face. If you do, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands.
- Cleaning supplies- Disinfect surfaces to clean after contact with others. Soap and surface cleaning supplies, such as paper towels, disinfectant, wipes, gloves, and sponges can be effective. Make sure to have plenty of tissues on hand as well to help prevent transmitting coronavirus to roommates.
- Vitamin D- Some studies are showing that vitamin D can be helpful in reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19. An article from Harvard Medical School discusses how vitamin D boosts a body’s immune system and can prevent an exaggerated immune response.
- Basic First Aid items- Cough medicine and lozenges may help to ease a cough or sore throat. Of note, Zinc Lozenges have antiviral properties that have been proven to optimize the body’s immune response to viruses as well as inhibit viral attachment and viral replication. Zinc is being studied for its role in the prevention and treatment of coronavirus. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium) or acetaminophen are useful to combat fevers as well as aches and pains. A thermometer is useful to check your temperature. If you contract coronavirus, take your temperature multiple times a day. After being fever free for 72 hours, self isolate for 7 days to reduce the spread. A humidifier is also useful to ease respiratory symptoms and is recommended by the CDC.
- Cold FAid®- In addition to coronavirus, college campuses can be rampant with other illnesses as students are in close contact with one another. Be prepared to combat the common cold with the Cold FAid® kit, which contains zinc as well as 3 other over-the-counter medications. To read more about the cold-fighting strategy, check out the website.
We, at Cold FAid®, are here to help you and your family stay safe. We will get through this together by looking out for others and remaining informed.