Friday Nurse Notes

December 2, 2022

Good morning Pitzer Community,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. In the wintertime, there tends to be an increase in respiratory illnesses such as RSV, influenza, and covid-19. As a reminder, influenza and covid-19 cannot be distinguished between by symptoms alone, and testing is required. As the weather gets cooler, and folks gather for the holidays, people tend to spend more time indoors and in close quarters. Wearing a mask indoors may be necessary in certain situations.

Wintertime Tips:

  • Test yourself for covid-19 before and after attending events! PCRs can detect the virus earlier than antigen tests.
  • Stay up to date with your vaccines! The bivalent booster shot helps prevent severe illness and protects against the Omicron variant. The flu shot helps to prevent severe illness against influenza and can helps to reduce the spread.
  • Practice safety measures: Keep your hands clean by regularly washing them with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Stay away from others if you feel sick. This will help to make sure you don’t pass viruses onto others, and it will help to reduce pressure on health services. This simple step saves lives. 

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