Important Reminders as Florida Begins to Reopen

As many U.S. states begin to reopen – or have already – it is important to remember that reopening is not a return to normal life. There are still many unknowns in our current situation and what may happen in the future. However, there are certain things we know we can do to continue to “flatten the curve” and prevent an increase in new cases. This may include: 

Social Distancing 

The CDC maintains that social distancing is one of the “best tools” we can use to avoid exposure to the virus (SARS-CoV-2) and slow its spread at the local, national and global levels. Keep in mind that many cases can be asymptomatic – people may be able to transmit the virus without knowing that they are sick. To practice social distancing: 

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about two arm’s length) from others 
  • Do not gather in groups 
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid large gatherings 
  • As restaurants reopen, consider using takeout instead of dining in 

Using Face Coverings/Masks 

Cloth face coverings or masks are recommended by the CDC in public spaces where social distancing measures are difficult to maintainThis can help reduce the likelihood of expelling or inhaling respiratory droplets produced when a person sneezes, coughs or talks. Note: Surgical masks or N-95 respirators are not recommended as they are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare personnel 

Things to keep in mind when using masks or face coverings: 

  • They should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face 
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops 
  • Include multiple layers of fabric (for cloth coverings) 
  • Allow for breathing without restriction 
  • They should be washed regularly (best if after each use) 
  • When removing, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth and wash hands immediately after 

Check out this CDC page with instructions on how to create your own cloth face mask using fabric, a T-shirt or bandana. 

Protecting Your Personal Health 

Now more than ever, supporting an active immune system is an important part to maintaining your personal health. Here are some steps you can take to support your immune system: 

  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, if possible, for at least 20 seconds 
  • Avoid touching your face 
  • Cover sneezes and coughs
  • Disinfect frequently used surfaces regularly 
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables 
  • Get enough sleep, 6 to 9 hours is recommended 

What to do if you or someone else is sick or fears exposure: 

Any member of the Stetson community who has been to campus in the last 14 days and feels they may have come into direct contact with the virus causing COVID-19 or is experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever over 100.3, cough, shortness of breath, possible nausea/diarrhea, possible loss of taste/smell) should alert Stetson immediately. Fill out this online form, Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Concern Form. During business hours, call Health Service (386-822-8150). After business hours, call Public Safety (386-822-7300). If you are concerned about someone else’s exposure, also let us know — don’t just tell them to do so. This applies to our College of Law students, faculty and staff.