Pandemics

A pandemic is an epidemic occurring over a very wide area (several countries or continents) and usually affecting a large percentage of the population. The existence of a pandemic means that efforts to control the epidemic have failed and the emphasis must shift from preventing the further spread of the disease to limiting the damage the pandemic does to the community and its economy. 

Individual and Group Safety Information

The following tips can help prevent people from becoming infected with a pandemic flu:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Get a flu vaccine, if one is available.
  • Keep a healthy distance away from anyone who might be infected.
  • Keep your immune system strong by getting plenty of rest, moderate exercise, drinking plenty of fluids, etc.

Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for the Southern Community

The University is actively monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit this page, which serves as a resource for members of the campus community to inform themselves about the virus and how to stay healthy. (Updated February 28, 2020)