A healthy CSU

While you’re juggling classes, homework, work and a social life, it’s important to maintain your health! Below are opportunities for you to do just that. And, in case you do need it, you have access to some of the best health care in the Southeast — three major hospital systems close by, urgent care facilities on the same street as campus, and primary care physicians within walking distance from our residence halls.

It’s always helpful, no matter the season, to maintain healthy habits.


Medical Info

CSU offers healthcare to students both on-campus and off-campus through a partnership with Fetter Health Care Network. A mobile unit will be on campus each Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Russell Horseshoe.

CSU covers copays for residential undergraduate students only, and Fetter will bill insurance for office visits.

Students are encouraged to use it for any illness or injury as it occurs or for a general check up.

Appointments may be scheduled off-campus at a Fetter location, where students can be seen within 24 hours. Visit www.fetterhealthcare.org/our-locations to choose the most convenient location. To schedule an appointment and speak with a CSU-designated representative, call 843-998-1756 or 843-709-5989.

University policy requires students to receive and provide receipt of immunizations for their protection prior to admittance to the Charleston Southern University Residence Halls. These include, M.M.R, Tetanus-Diphtheria, Polio, Varicella, and Hepatitis B as well as receive a Tuberculosis Screening. We recommend students receive the Influenza and Meningococcal vaccines as well.

In the event of an urgent need to see a physician, CSU is in a great location close to many wonderful healthcare providers.

Urgent care providers on/near University Boulevard in North Charleston:

Hospitals:

For prescriptions and over-the-counter medication needs, here are a few pharmacy locations closest to our university:

Health and Wellness inspections are intended to inspect the cleanliness and functionality of CSU housing units. RAs conduct Health and Wellness inspections to identify health and wellness threats and the general condition of rooms. All Residents have a monthly room inspection. Follow-ups will be made as necessary.

During Health and Wellness Inspections, the Resident Assistant will check for overall cleanliness of the room. It is each resident’s responsibility to maintain a clean room and bathroom. Some items and areas that will be checked during these inspections are:

  • Floor
  • Trash
  • Mirrors
  • Furniture surfaces
  • Clothing not put away
  • Bathroom (sinks, shower, toilet, trash cans, floor)
  • Damages
  • Maintenance requests

Items that are prohibited in dorms will be identified and confiscated. They are listed below:

  • Pets
  • Hot plates or any open burner device (including cookers, toasters, toaster ovens and grills)
  • Guns, metal point darts, knives, or any object that could be used as a weapon
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Tobacco products
  • Electric blankets
  • Electric heaters
  • Flammables (including lighters)
  • Candles or Incense
  • Paintball guns

Current Concerns

 

Both respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses, the seasonal influenza (flu) and common cold share many symptoms.

Cold

  • gradual symptoms
  • fever (rare)
  • aches (slight)
  • fatigue (sometimes)
  • sneezing (common)
  • chest discomfort/cough (mild to moderate)
  • stuffy nose (common)
  • sore throat (common)
  • headache (rare)

Flu

  • abrupt symptoms
  • fever (usual)
  • aches (usual)
  • chills (fairly common)
  • fatigue (usual)
  • sneezing (sometimes)
  • chest discomfort/cough (common)
  • stuffy nose (sometimes)
  • sore throat (sometimes)
  • headache (common)

Content Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

 

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is constantly evolving, with new information each day. Click here for the latest news from CSU.

What we know:

The novel virus originated in Wuhan, China, with cases reported to the WHO in late December 2019. Cases have spread to more than 70 countries, including the United States.

Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, ranging  from mild to severe and may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Follow reputable sources:


 

There are many healthy habits you can practice to prevent these and other illnesses. Check out the CDC’s recommendations here for flu prevention, which can be replicated for other viral prevention as well.

Hygiene Best Practices

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs.  Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.  Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water.  Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations.  If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.

Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth! This is a great way to prevent transmission of bacteria and viruses.

Getting quality sleep naturally boosts your immunity. Have trouble falling asleep? Try following these tips:

  • Turn off all screens at least one hour before bed,
  • Hold yourself accountable by setting an alarm to notify you it’s time to head to bed,
  • Minimize caffeine intake in the afternoon/evening,
  • Use non-digital ways to calm your mind such as reading, drawing, meditating, praying, etc.

Regular exercise should be a part of your lifestyle! It strengthens your immunity, tones muscle, and keeps your mind sharp.

Check out the Brewer Center  or go for a run around campus!

Incorporating healthy foods will help you feel better and more energized! The Dining Hall has a plethora of options, but if you head to the grocery store, make sure you meal plan and stick to the list!

Take water with you everywhere you go! Water cleanses your body and transports nutrients throughout your body to give you energy.

Clean and disinfect household items, phones, doorknobs, computer keys, tablets, steering wheels, etc. regularly. And don’t forget to wash bed sheets weekly and use commercial cleaners in the bathroom.

Poor air circulation means more dust and dander, so be sure to vacuum, too!

If you feel sick, take precautions. And if your symptoms get worse or become troublesome, see a doctor.

Don’t forget mental health! Please see our Counseling Services team should you feel extra stressed, anxious, or struggle with depression, grief, etc.

  1. Take care of yourself and rest!
  2. Communicate with your professors and cc Student Success (jmbrown@csuniv.edu) to coordinate notes and assignments.
  3. Prevent the spread.
    • Cover your cough in the nook of your arm or in a tissue (NOT IN YOUR HAND),
    • Dispose of tissues appropriately,
    • Isolate yourself,
    • And if you have to be around others–to go to the doctor or pick up medicine, for example–and you are still contagious, wear a mask.

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