STAFF EDITORIAL: Do not expose people to illness

Staff Editorial

With the coronavirus getting closer to us, it is important that we take the necessary precautions to make sure we do not catch it and that we avoid getting others sick as well.

As of now, the university has not made any finite decision, but it seems that it could very well be possible that we shift to online classes after spring break because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Whether this occurs or not, we at The Daily Eastern News strongly encourage everyone to use basic hygiene skills and to make sure everyone does what they can to be safe and healthy.

Many people have chosen to wear masks while going out into public places. If you plan to visit somewhere where you will come in contact with a lot of people, this could be a very good idea for you. However, some places have officially run out of masks. We suggest that you at least take this idea into account.

Also, if you happen to be in a place where you come into contact with someone who has the coronavirus, it has been stated that you must self-quarantine for at least 14 days.

This means not leaving your house, or even your bedroom for that matter.

We understand that because the coronavirus has not hit in this area yet, some students are not taking this very seriously. However, we want to emphasize that whether or not the virus could be deadly to someone at your age, it is extremely dangerous and there must be precautions taken to avoid this.

Also, please avoid coughing into mid-air or into your hand. Medical experts have suggested that it is better to put your arm up to your mouth and cough into that to avoid the germs getting into the air.

And please, do not even think about going one day without washing your hands, whether you are using the rest room or not.

It has been suggested that even being around someone who has coughed or is coughing is grounds for you to wash your hands.

Stay safe out there, students. Be healthy and make smart and safe decisions for yourselves.

The Editorial Staff can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].