Pandemic Preparedness

The possibility of a widespread flu pandemic represents a genuine threat to the health and well-being of members of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. It also could impair the provision of services offered by the Department. To prepare for such a possibility, members of the Department are advised to regularly monitor reports and bulletins pertaining to the spread of the flu or other pandemic illness.

Members of the Department are advised to take the following steps:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible. This is to keep from making others sick.
  • If you are sick and sharing a common space with other household members in your home, wear a facemask, if available and tolerable, to help prevent spreading the virus to others

Information about the University of Toronto’s response to a possible pandemic is provided on this website. If you have any questions about the Department’s pandemic preparedness, contact the Department’s pandemic preparedness coordinator.

Information about H1N1