H1N1 Awareness

What are the symptoms?

  • Symptoms are similar to the seasonal flu
  • Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue; possibly diarrhea and vomiting

What are the emergency warning signs?
Seek immediate medical care if you experience:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

What is NOVA doing to protect faculty, staff and students?

  • Taking appropriate measures to provide a clean environment to help prevent the spread of H1N1 and other germs
  • Providing alcohol-based hand sanitizers in common areas
  • Educating faculty, staff and students

What are my responsibilities?

  • Stay home when sick or go home if you become sick. Tell your professor or supervisor about your symptoms if you suspect flu.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Wash Hands-before & after eating, after using restroom, after using common items such as telephones, computers etc…
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

Where can I learn more?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Virginia Department of Health


This blog serves to provide all NOVA, faculty, staff and students with official college information pertaining to emergency management issues, such as the H1N1 virus. Look for regular blog updates on a weekly basis and when an emergency situation arises.

Check out our new blog where the NOVA Emergency Planning office communicates directly with you to provide you important updates.

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