For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Higher Risk Populations
Please discuss your individual medical situation with your doctor
This document is offered from the MMA Medical Department to provide general information in support of your health.
Who is at higher medical risk?
This group has significant illness risk and all precautions by and for them are essential
- Older age (it seems the older one is, the greater the risk)
- Other chronic medical problems - especially lung disease, cardiac disease, diabetes, hypertension
- Immune System Problems - from illnesses or certain medication (chronic steroids, cancer meds, biologics, etc.)
What should I do?
- Talk with your doctor to get specific advice. Review the possible risk of immune suppressing medications if you take them.
- Don't travel - especially internationally, domestically via airports/public transportation, cruises, or other congested local locations.
- Stop hand shaking, hugging, or kissing when greeting colleagues, friends, and family.
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds - "Breath and Wash" - 4 deep breaths in & out while handwashing.
- Then use paper towels to dry your hands, to turn off the sink handles, and to open the bathroom door.
- Soap & water kills coronavirus - so does hand sanitizer (60% alcohol base) and many Lysol, Clorox, and other wipes.
- Keep some distance from others whenever possible.
- Sit further away if visiting family/friends (6 feet) - It's not comfortable at first, but it's important and they'll understand.
- Maintain your immune system to stay healthy - adequate sleep, good nutrition, exercise, stress management to "not getting run down".
Be prepared to go out less
- Identify people that may be able to provide support, such as bringing groceries
- Consider what you may need to be more comfortable with longer durations at home.
- Have a working smart phone, good charger, and car charger. Your phone will be critical to receive information and staying in touch with family and friends.
Be prepared to work from home
- Have a computer in working condition with a camera and Skype type ability
- Consider what materials/resources you would need
Make sure everyone living with you or visiting you practices strict hygiene behaviors
- Don't cough or sneeze into the air
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover with a tissue
- Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing when people first come in.
- If others are sick, they should not visit with you.
- Leave shoes at the door.
- Good house cleaning - wash down common surfaces, especially door handles.
- If it is practical to establish a separate bathroom for your use only, that would be ideal.
Do not smoke (or vape) or allow others to do so near you
- This virus targets the lungs, smoking is starting to look like it may be a risk factor for more serious illness.
What is the school doing?
- Increasing student and staff awareness to promote illness prevention
- Posted and circulated information to visitors on campus
- Increased cleaning tools throughout the campus including classrooms, gym, dorm, library, and other buildings
- Increased hand sanitizer stations across the campus
- Collated information on students/staff who were traveling to assure safety upon return to campus
- Stopped most Academy related travel for staff and students
- Encouraging limitations in personal travel decisions
- Limited larger events on campus
- Multi-department planning team meeting regularly to actively work on infection prevention efforts and contingency planning