January 24 Health Safety Update

Dear Marymount University Community,
Student Health Services (SHS) and the Department of Campus Safety are reaching out with some advice to keep the campus and community healthy.
As you know, it is influenza (flu) and virus season. Both the flu and other respiratory viruses can be mild, but they can also cause more serious illnesses, especially for individuals with underlying conditions or who are immunocompromised. We recommend being evaluated by SHS if you develop a fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, or severe fatigue. Services are free to all students.
Here are some tips, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to protect yourself and your friends:

  • If you are sick, stay home and let your body recover; you should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to class. It is best to avoid public transportation and crowded areas if possible.
  • Get a flu shot. Student Health Services has them in stock at little to no cost.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer; avoid people who are ill; cover your cough; and limit sharing food, utensils, cups, and water bottles.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces in your room or home with an antibacterial cleaner. Bleach wipes are very effective in killing viruses.
  • If you are unable to attend classes or other activities, please notify your professor/organizer that you are sick and unable to attend.

Finally, you may have heard of the Wuhan coronavirus which started in China. On January 22, 2020, WHO (World Health Organization) opted not to declare a public health emergency. To date, there have been two confirmed cases in the U.S. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets and symptoms can be mild or severe. Please follow the advice listed above. If you have recently traveled from Asia and develop a cough, fever, sinus pain, and congestion within 14 days of your arrival in the U.S., please come to SHS. We will be following CDC guidelines and will provide you with any new relevant information.
If you have any questions, please contact SHS at 703-284-1610 or
Jennifer Gagnon, MSN, CPNP, FNP-C
Director, Student Health Services