Information for students on best sources of information on COVID-19 – March 10, 2020

Dear FSU Community,

We understand that many of you are concerned about the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Massachusetts, and the possibility that it could reach our community at some point. I want to assure you that the University is working directly with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Department of Higher Education to take the steps necessary to help protect our community.  

At this time, the University is unaware of any cases of COVID-19 among members of our community. If there were any suspected or verified cases of coronavirus among a member or members of our community, we would inform you immediately and advise you accordingly.

This situation is changing rapidly, and the University is working every day to follow the latest information and take steps to protect our community.

During times of crises, it can be tempting to engage in the spread of rumors and seek information from any source who claims to know something new. However, this practice can be very harmful to a public health response. It is important for you to stay up to date on this situation by following trusted sources only, which include the campus-wide updates being sent via e-mail, as well as the state and government sources, such as the CDC and Mass Department of Public Health. All of this information has been compiled on the webpage we created, which is updated daily.

Finally, the best thing you can do to keep yourself safe is to follow the CDC guidance detailed below:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty

We will be in touch with you regularly as this situation continues to unfold.

F. Javier Cevallos, PhD