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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tips

Together we can support and empower each other to be healthy. If you are feeling sick, contact the NIU Student Health Center and schedule an appointment. Have health questions? Call the 24-hour Informed Health Line at 1-800-556-1555 (TTY: 711) to speak to a registered nurse about health issues. 

Be Informed

It's important to stay up to date on the spread of new viruses and to learn about how you can help slow the spread. Here are some tips for staying informed:

Be Proactive

New viruses spread easily and quickly due to people having little to no immunity. However, you can take steps to help slow the spread. Here’s how:

  • Wash your hands often.
    • When washing your hands, use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • For hand sanitizer, make sure it has at least 60% alcohol content.
    • Try to avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Tip: The amount of time it takes to wash your hands is the same as singing happy birthday twice!
  • Avoid close contact with others by practicing social distancing.
    • Social distancing is the practice of increasing the space between people to decrease the amount of contact. Since viruses spread easily when people are in close contact, decreasing distance leads to decreasing the risk of spreading.
    • When around others, the WHO recommends maintaining a distance of three feet.
    • Safely greet others with a wave, a nod, or a bow, rather than physical contact.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
    • Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose. Throw used tissues in the trash immediately.
    • Don’t have a tissue? Use the inside of your elbow.
    • Immediately wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean then disinfect frequently used surfaces daily.
    • Examples: tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, remotes, desks, cell phones, computers, toilets, sinks, etc.
    • Cleaning a surface removes germs and disinfecting kills the germs. Due to this, it’s important to first clean a surface with soap and water, then This process helps to lower the risk of spreading.
    • Get more information about cleaning and disinfecting.
  • If you’re not feeling well, stay home.
Be Well

Practicing healthy habits and taking care of yourself is key to supporting and protecting your immune system. Striving to be well can be tough when we are stressed and have many responsibilities. However, when you are well, you do well. Here's how you can practice healthy habits:

  • Eat a balanced diet and drink lots of water.
  • Get seven to nine hours of sleep.
    • Sleep recharges your body! Not getting enough sleep can actually delay your body’s healing process.
    • For more healthy sleep habits, learn from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
  • Be active, move and exercise.
    • Regular exercise helps your immune system’s functioning. It also helps with improving concentration and managing stress.
    • Want to learn more about how to be active? Check out our mission wellness webpage
  • Take care of yourself and know that you are not alone!
    • Anxiety and fear are common responses to a pandemic. Here are ways you can support yourself when experiencing these feelings:
      • Maintain a balanced perspective and take breaks from the media.
      • Pause and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade.
      • Practice taking deep breaths and or meditating.
      • Connect and talk with others.
    • Along with practicing healthy habits, explore your self-care to take care of yourself.
      • Intentionally create time to do your favorite hobbies or activities.
      • Exploring relaxation techniques, such as mindfulness or deep breathing.
      • Listen to music or express yourself through art.
    • Want to learn more? Here’s more information from the CDC and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

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