Health Center Director Calls for Preventative Measures, Especially Among Terps With Compromised Immune Systems
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University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos sent the following email to the campus community today:
In late October, I wrote to you about the importance of prevention as we entered the fall respiratory virus season. Over the last few weeks, the state of Maryland has seen an increase in a variety of respiratory viruses, including the flu, RSV and adenovirus. The Maryland Department of Health is currently reporting respiratory illness activity in Maryland as “very high.”
As expected, the University Health Center is also seeing many patients with flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, congestion, sore throat, diarrhea and vomiting. The university is following all applicable protocols and advice from public health departments related to respiratory illnesses.
I want to remind everyone of the important precautions you should be taking to keep yourself and our campus community as healthy and safe as possible.
Most individuals with the flu or another respiratory virus will be able to manage their symptoms at home with rest, fluids and over-the-counter medications without the need to seek medical care for their symptoms.
However, it is important that people take action to prevent respiratory disease, especially people who are at higher risk of developing serious complications, like older adults, pregnant people, and individuals with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems.
If you have a medical condition that may predispose you to a more severe illness or weakens your immune system, or if you take medicines that weaken your immune system, please contact your personal physician for medical advice as soon as you start feeling unwell. If you don’t have a personal physician, contact the University Health Center at 301.314.8180.
We are counting on all of you to keep our campus community healthy and safe.
Stay healthy and be well!
Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, MD, MBA, FACP
Director, University Health Center
Chief Medical Officer, University of Maryland
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