Official Statement Regarding COVID-19

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See attached PDF regarding COVID-19: PSP – COVID-19

Phi Sigma Phi National Headquarters has been in discussions over the past several days with staff and college administrators at our host institutions, as well as engaging with doctors and immunologists for how best to proceed during the current outbreak of COVID-19. Many of our college campuses have created and begun contingency education plans for how to best proceed.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, follow your individual university’s plan. We are all concerned for your health and want what is best for you. Your college or university has been working hard to determine the appropriate course of action and you should reference their resources when making any and all decisions regarding chapter life. Our top priority is your safety and security, so please adhere to these guidelines.

MEETINGS AND OPERATIONS: Many of our institutions have recommended canceling in-person meetings for the next several weeks (some have suggested until the end of the semester). If you are unable to meet in-person, consider switching to an e-format — this could be a Skype/FaceTime/GoToMeeting/Zoom, Discord, or other chat software. For those who are able and comfortable with meeting, you may choose to meet in smaller groups off campus. Consider making plans for summer, later in the spring semester, or even the fall semester during this time! Make sure that you are planning for fall rush and that your chapter finances are up-to-date. Just because we are not in-person doesn’t mean we can’t plan for a bigger and better summer and fall!

EVENTS: It is suggested that chapter events be delayed/suspended until COVID-19 is under control. You may choose to do a chapter dinner or volunteer somewhere during this time. Use your best judgment in making these decisions. Conclave 2020 is still scheduled for August 7-9, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Barring considerable changes, this event is still proceeding as scheduled. Consider taking this extra time to register and plan out your trip to the event. Remember, two brothers from every chapter comes for no charge, with a small fee for those additional brothers. We have an exciting event planned and are looking forward to seeing everyone in August!

HOUSING: Chapters should seek guidance from your college or university regarding the housing plan during the event of partial closure or class suspension due to COVID-19.

CHAPTER VISITS: Due to the current state of influx on our host campuses, and in part to the nature of this concerning illness, chapter visitations by fraternity leadership will be paused during this time. This is for the health and safety of our leadership and our membership. The organization will maintain regular business relations during this time and all staff are available to assist. You may contact your chapter consultant or national officer for any assistance you may need during this time.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has created a useful resource found here. Please consider following these tips and tricks to best prepare for the virus and its affects. Additionally, a medical expert and friend of the fraternity shared the following information with us to pass along.

An Immunologist, Dr. Marc Serota, MD, provided the following information:

  1. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses. “coronavirus” is not unique to this particular strain. Everyone reading this has likely had another different coronavirus infection. This particular strain has been named COVID-19.
  2. If you’re healthy, there is no need to walk around wearing a mask. In addition to looking silly and most of the time wearing/taking them off wrong – which would actually make you more prone to acquiring an infection, they don’t prevent you from getting sick. If you’re actually sick stay away from people and then, sure, wear a mask so you aren’t spreading respiratory droplets every time you cough/sneeze. In medicine we don’t wear the masks you’re buying and
    we wear other protective equipment – not just a silly looking mask you found on Amazon. When you see doctor’s walking around the world wearing a mask then you should too.
  3. The symptoms are that of the flu. As doctors we don’t test or know about most people with mild or moderate flu symptoms. That means most people will probably get it and just think they had the flu. That means you’re only going to hear about the cases that get serious – not all the minor ones which will be the vast majority of cases.
  4. When it is said that people who are older or have other medical conditions are most likely to die – that is equally true for EVERY upper respiratory virus. There is nothing unique about that to this particular virus. It does mean that the only cases we tend to know about are the severe ones.
  5. Take it from me: The poor resident who stood at the door of the ER to triage people in 2009’s swine flu (H1N1) hysteria. The over reaction is exponentially worse than the actual problem and in 2020 the over reactions I’m seeing