What To Do If Your Roommate is Ill with the Flu
A person with the flu is contagious (able to infect others) for 24 hours before they even know they have the flu (before symptoms of flu begin) so it is possible you have already been exposed. But to decrease further risk, consider following these precautions.
- If at all possible maintain a distance of 6 feet from your ill roommate. The virus drops out of the air between 3 and 6 feet after a person coughs.
- Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face mouth or eyes.
- Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces.
- Encourage your roommate to follow the guidelines in the What To Do If You Get Symptoms of the Flu. Having the ill person wear a facemask (available from Residential Life or Health Center) can decrease the chances of them spreading the virus to others.