Your health and safety are our top concerns, as Brandon University continues to monitor the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus. This virus causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19.
If you are ill
If you feel ill, stay home. The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and pneumonia in both lungs. All faculty, staff and students who have symptoms characteristic of COVID-19 should call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 and also must self-isolate at home starting from onset of symptoms until they are cleared by medical professionals.
- Know what to do if you become ill: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms.html
- The province of Manitoba has a self-screening tool at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
- Learn more about self-isolation and self-monitoring through the Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-how-to-isolate-at-home.html
All members of the BU community who self-isolate at home must notify their immediate supervisors as well as BU Human Resources at FisherK@BrandonU.ca. All information will be kept confidential.
You can help slow down the spread of the virus. A slower spread can help the health-care system deal with the same number of total cases over a longer time. Continue to follow the guidance provided by public health authorities, including Manitoba Health:
- Avoid prolonged close contact with other people even if they do not appear sick. Spend less than 10 minutes in contact that is closer than two meters/six feet.
- Try to avoid touching your face. This is surprisingly difficult. The virus typically infects people by entering through your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Wash your hands often, using soap and water and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. This works in three ways: Scrubbing and rinsing can physically remove some virus particles from your skin; Soap breaks apart the outer layer of the virus and renders it inert; Soap also leaves your skin more slippery, preventing viruses from attaching. Use hand sanitizer if soap is not conveniently available.
- Change some habits. You should avoid greetings that involve touching such as handshakes. Use your shoulder or hips to push open doors, or prop doors open so fewer people touch the handles. Use knuckles or pens to push elevator buttons. Put away shared candy dishes and avoid potlucks or other shared food.
- Begin to prepare for possible self-isolation or quarantine. Do not panic buy, but ensure you have the food, medication and other necessities you would require if asked to stay home for multiple days at a time.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects that you frequently touch, like your smartphone screen, or shared keyboards and headsets. Any regular household cleaning spray or wipe is sufficient.
- Protect others. When you cough or sneeze, aim for your bent elbow with the ‘Dracula’ maneuver.
Working from home
Many of the information and computer services at BU can be accessed from off campus. Brandon University IT Services has a guide to help set up remote computer access: https://www.brandonu.ca/helpdesk/staff/working-from-home/