Friday Nurse Notes

November 18, 2022

Good afternoon Pitzer Community,

As the winter season approaches, we are seeing an increase in patients reporting respiratory symptoms, such as congestion, sore throat, cough, and fever. These symptoms can be indicative of a few common illnesses such as RSV, influenza and covid-19.

Amid a sustained rise in coronavirus transmission, Los Angeles County is once again strongly recommending wearing a mask in indoor public spaces. The daily number of newly reported cases has jumped almost 70% from a month ago, though case rates are still well shy of previous waves and the benefits of vaccines and therapeutics ward off the worst that covid-19 has to offer.

Taking Steps to Relieve Symptoms:

  • Get tested. You cannot tell the difference between flu and COVID-19 by the symptoms alone because they have some of the same signs and symptoms.  Specific testing is needed to tell what the illness is and to confirm a diagnosis
  • Manage fever and pain with over-the-counter fever reducers and pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Drink enough fluids. It is important for people with RSV, influenza, or covid-19 infection to drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.

The Pitzer COVID Dashboard reports weekly cases on campus pending results from the lab.

Thank you for your continued efforts! As always, if you have any question, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out.

Best Regards, 

Nurse Zephyr