Get a flu shot and follow prevention guidelines to stay healthy to take care of you, if necessary.
Pick up a “flu kit” for you from Student Health with disposable thermometer, masks and over-the-counter medications.
Bring you food so you don’t have to go out for meals. (Dining Services offers “meals to go” as one option.)
Bring you materials you need to keep up with classes.
Call several times a day to see if you need anything.
Help your roommate find a place to stay until your fever is gone for 24 hours.
Stay at least 6 feet away from you unless you are wearing a mask.
Wash hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, on entering and leaving your room.
How can you make it easier for your Flu Buddy to help?
Recognize flu symptoms (fever of ≥100.0°F or 37.8°C with cough or sore throat) and call your “Flu Buddy” for assistance. Other flu symptoms may include chills, body aches, headache, runny/stuffy nose, fatigue, weakness, and diarrhea or vomiting.
Stay in your room as much as possible until your fever is gone for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
Wear a mask when your flu buddy is visiting or if you must leave your room. (If you are unable to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others.)
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Dispose of tissues in a trash can and wash your hands immediately.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Wipe down commonly shared surfaces (such as door handles, desks, phones, keyboards) frequently with disinfectant wipes.
Stay in touch with your professors by phone or e-mail. Request “meals to go” from Dining Services to make it easy for your flu buddy to bring you food.
Say “Thank you!” and be a “Flu Buddy” for them if needed.