For any and all returning or new college students, this is an exciting time, but also a dangerous one. I don’t even have to explain what Covid is anymore because it’s so well known. I know times are scary and confusing right now but I’m here to give you a few tips on how to make this year safe for you! Here are a few tips to help protect you this semester!
1: Wear a Mask
I hope that this is obvious by now but the importance of wearing a mask can save many lives. I know this issue is a hot button topic right now but WEAR THE MASK! It is a piece of cloth that helps protect others that are immunocompromised, elderly, or have any other medical condition. By wearing a mask you are caring for your fellow human beings by protecting everyone! Being in a lecture hall, large or small, the virus will still spread, regardless if you are 6 feet apart. Keep your mask on for as long as you can to decrease the potential exposure!
2: Bring Hand Sanitizer to Class
Again, I would hope this would be common sense by now but every time you touch the desk, chair, door knob, or vending machine, you are increasing your chances. I know you can’t wash your hands all the time, but bring a bottle of hand sanitizer to all of your classes and put a layer on before and after class, this will help stop the spread of germs!
3: Sanitize Your Supplies When Your Done for the Day with Classes
When you are finished with your classe for the day, the best thing you can do is sanitize ALL of your supplies! Notebooks, computers, pens, pencils, calculators, books, and basically anything else in your backpack that can be sanitized! The 2 things you should ALWAYS sanitize are your phone and computer. Putting them on a desk/table that hasn’t been sanitized and had 6 other people in it can be dangerous. Clorox wipes work great if you can find them or you can make your own too! The point is sanitize your whole backpack until you feel it’s safe!
4. Don’t Party With a Large Group of People
This is probably the stupidest thing you can do right now. I’m not usually this blunt in a post but I have been seeing social media stories all over of people being in someone’s basement drinking and jamming out. I know it sucks you can’t party right now, it’s a huge part of the college experience for many and I understand. By partying with a large group of people you are exposing yourself and everyone in that party. As we know, Covid’s symptoms don’t usually appear until 2 weeks later. Within that span of time, you could infect HUNDREDS of people. I know it’s hard to hear but THE PANDEMIC ISN’T OVER JUST BECAUSE YOUR OVER IT. Do your part and keep EVERYONE safe.
5: If you Start Having Symptoms, STAY HOME!
Many campuses are/already have started developing apps to help track your symptoms and spread. If you suspect you are sick, GET TESTED IMMEDIATELY. The sooner you know, the sooner you can quarantine. Make sure you have a go bag ready in case you are moved to quarantine housing. If you aren’t sure what the symptoms are, simply google them or visit www.cdc.org and find out more information!
There you have it! Here are my 5 tips to help you stay safe from Covid on campus! Let this be your new mantra for this school year:
“The Pandemic Isn’t Over Just Because I’m Over it”
Thanks for reading! I’m glad to be back and making content for everyone! I’m sorry to start off on such a serious note but it needs to be said. I hope everyone has a safe and healthy school year! I’ll see you next Thursday with all new back to school content!
Remember, good seasoning always leads to sunshine!