The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted daily life for Texas college students, increasing feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression and reducing opportunities to engage in healthy behaviors. College campuses provide students regular access to mental health, food, and recreational services, but the reach of these services is currently limited. Strategic public health plans are necessary to address the emerging needs of students during this deadly pandemic.
In this episode, Drs. Vanessa Errisuriz, Marisol McDaniel, and Alice Villatoro discuss the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Texas and the unintended consequences of COVID-19 on Texas college students’ health-related outcomes and behaviors (e.g., depression, food insecurity, physical activity).
They also identify resources and strategies to help students and their families stay safe and healthy during the pandemic and answer questions about COVID-19 posed by students they work with. They conclude with a discussion of policies that could be enacted to improve students’ well-being during this pandemic.
Vanessa L. Errisuriz
Dr. Vanessa Errisuriz received her Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on addressing the disproportionate burden of obesity and obesity-related chronic illness among youth and young adults from marginalized populations, including Latinx and rural communities. She is currently a Research Associate with the Latino Research Institute at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Marisol McDaniel received her DrPH in Community Health Practice from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 2018. She has experience with planning, implementing, and evaluating healthy lifestyle interventions and managing eHealth applications. Dr. McDaniel is interested in sustainable structural and digital interventions that promote food security and diet quality. She aims to prevent and decrease the burden of chronic disease for marginalized communities in Texas. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Alice Villatoro received her PhD in Health Services from the UCLA and completed postdoctoral training in Psychiatric Epidemiology at Columbia University. She is a mental health services researcher whose work centers on understanding the causes of disparities in access to and utilization of mental health services among racial/ethnic minority populations, including immigrant Latinx communities. Currently, she is a Research Assistant Professor at the Latino Research Institute at UT Austin.
- Dr. Alice P. VillatoroResearch Assistant Professor, Latino Research Institute at The University of Texas at Austin
- Dr. Marisol McDanielPostdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin
- Dr. Vanessa L. ErrisurizResearch Associate, Latino Research Institute at The University of Texas At Austin
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[0:00:23 Speaker 0] Department of Mexican American and Latino Latino Studies, the Latino Research Institute and the Center for Mexican American Studies. Join us for this episode of lasting experts. Hi, everyone. My name is Vanessa at the city’s and I’m a research associate with the Latino Research Institute here at the University of Texas at Austin. And today I’m going to be joined by two of my colleagues to discuss how Koven, 19, is affecting Texas college students. Well, being I’ll start by introducing my first colleague, Dr Alice Via, though, hi, everyone. I am ls Villatoro. I’m a research assistant professor at the Latino Research Institute. And just, you know, a little bit about myself. I am a mental health services researcher, so ah, lot of the work I do tries to understand how racial ethnic minority populations accessing utilized medical services for mental health needs. Thanks, Alice. Thanks for joining us. Also with us today is Dr Marisol McDaniel.
[0:01:27 Speaker 2] Hi, everyone. My name is Marisol McDaniel. I’m a postdoctoral research fellow at the Latino Research Institute, and most of my research centers around food access, food and security and diet quality.
[0:01:40 Speaker 0] Thanks so much for joining us is, well, Marisol and then a little bit about my research. My research focuses on addressing the disproportionate burden of obesity and obesity related chronic illness among youth and young adults from marginalized populations. So let’s go ahead and began with today’s topic. Covic 19. Eso Why Cove in 19? How did we researchers and mental health and chronic disease prevention get together? Thio Talk about Kobe. 19. So, first of all, when Kobe, 19 hit in March and shut everything down, one of the first things we realized for that not only were we impacted as employees, right, working from home, but also the students that we worked with were tremendously impacted by social distancing practices that came about from Cove in 19, and we really wanted to understand how Cove in 19 impacted students physical and mental well being during this time. And so we put together a short and by short, I mean 20 minute survey and sent it out to Texas College students. So just a little bit of background about some of the study participants. We had about 600 students across Texas complete our survey, and we have both undergraduates and graduate students complete the survey. So age ranges were anywhere from 18 toe, 72 years old. So we have a very diverse set of students that we were able to survey on Lee. 42% were non Latino whites. And so one of things we definitely like to share with you the listeners, our findings on mental health and substance use among college students. Alice, I think that mental health and substance use is, I mean, really an important issue outside of the pandemic setting. And it seems like this pandemic has really exacerbated some of these issues for sure. I mean, well, I keep calling it a secondary pandemic just because, you know, I think everybody as soon as we hit locked down, everybody was starting to kind of get grow more anxious, depressed about, you know, the lack of social interactions, not being able to connect in person anymore. So, you know, clearly that’s something that we needed to assess in college students just because you know, you you went from going into your classroom, seeing your friends, seeing your classmates, seeing your professors and t A s to now everything being online. And for some people that may be living at home with their families, others living at home with roommates and for others, like living by themselves. So that new way of living and going about your day to day life really does take a toll on you physically and mentally. Oh, yeah, definitely. I mean, I think about, you know, students that go to college probably to get away from their families. And now they dio that’s definitely have to have a drain on mental health. Oh, most definitely right, because you’re like, I wasn’t expecting to go back home now, you know, I was waiting until May after the year was done, but yeah, no, I think one of the great questions that we asked in this survey is for the students to rate their physical health and their mental health. And what we found is that you know, self rated physical health and self rated mental health got worse from pre to post the cove. It pandemic considerably more people are now feeling more stressed and burdened by the cove it pandemic and it that it’s affecting their mental health and not surprising me. A lot of students are using substance used to kind of cope with this increase in psychological distress. So students who reported high psychological distress were more likely to engage in alcohol use and smoking as a result. And, not surprisingly, those students who reported worse celebrated mental health were also, you know, experiencing higher use of substances. And we see higher use of substances among males and then low income students compared to high income. Students were also experiencing more difficulties with psychological distress. So, you know, not only do we see these general patterns that mental health is getting worse, but certain pockets of students are experiencing a higher burden than others. Yeah, definitely sounds like students are experiencing much higher rates of mental health issues compared to before the pandemic and with regard to substances, use issues. Well, I don’t know if it’s that surprising, right? I think one of things way heard when the pandemic first started was that this pandemic was really a boon to a lot of liquor stores, people are really, uh, taking advantage. I shouldn’t say taking advantage, but they were indulging e think there was because everybody was out buying TP and stocking up. And so I guess there was a point in time when bars were closing. People were like, Where am I going to get my beer? Where am I gonna get, you know, my cocktail? And so you did see an increase, you know, in terms of purchasing alcohol. But I just want to share an anecdote. One of my friends is a professor, and, you know, she talked about her checking in with her students in the spring semester. I won’t say where she is. She’s not at UT. She’s somewhere else. But she told me it’s not you or marry. So anybody in most, Uh, but she told me that one of her students said that he lived at home with his father and his cousins on his cousins were all male and that, like every other day, he had to go to the grocery store and buy like cases of beer because they would run out. So like their alcohol consumption just increased. Incredibly, because what are you to do when you’re bored, right? It’s kind of like when you’re home alone and you’re like, Oh, what do I do? I’m gonna eat some popcorn. I’m gonna have some, like, you know, junk food. I think people have also experienced it. Like What is it? The quarantine. 15 eso like people not eating correctly and trying to indulge in more in other ways of coping with their stress and anxiety. One is with drinking, the other is with food. But then there are also come issues with food, right? Which money? So we’ll talk about Yeah, definitely. Marry soul. Can you tell us a little bit about how Kobe 19 pandemic has impacted food and security among college students?
[0:08:59 Speaker 2] Oh, it definitely has eso from our study itself. So if the 589 people over 1/4 of students reported current food insecurity, Um, and that is a 10% increase than before the pandemic Again, we’re looking at the pre and post, so think about it. I mean, you lose your you may lose your job. You may have lost your work study job. Um, especially for minority groups, especially African American and Latino students who were employed on campus or receiving financial aid. Um, they were disproportionately affected by food and security and thinking about even the way that food pantries are set up on campus. But a lot of students went home. There may not even be in Austin. So where are they getting their food? So it’s just so many things to think about with food insecurity and have different relationships of food insecurity. And one thing we also found because people were more in food insecure. They also reported eating less healthy, so eating less fruits and vegetables a day. Um, in our in our study on Lee, 37.35% of our students in the study reported eating one vegetable a day, So let’s less than 50% and going back to food insecurity. I’m sorry. Foreign foreign students were definitely the most likely to report food and security. They were double more than double almost three times as likely toe report food insecurity than students that were born in the US So is it might think about food and security. It’s really definitely a marker of where you are financially, so if your food insecure, you may be making that decision between paying your rent and not having your roommates kick you out versus eating food or eating something that provide some type of nutrients. Eso again, the fruits and vegetables. Maybe you’re just eating ramen because you have to make that choice. That financial choice between pain for rent, pain for other basic needs and paying for food.
[0:11:03 Speaker 0] Right? And it seems like statewide. Again, um, students were dealing with a lot of issues, right? I mean, increased mental health problems, increased substance use increase food insecurity. One of the other findings from our studies that physical activity has then drastically impacted, with 60% of students reporting less physical activity than prior thio the pandemic. And of course, that means that about the same 60% were more sedentary. They also reported being more sedentary than before the pandemic. And these issues, thes decreases in physical activity were more prevalent among students who reported that their mental health or physical health worsened. You know, from pre to post pandemic um And so it’s clear that based on some of the findings from our study, based on findings from other studies, that Kobe, 19 really is causing more, you know, issues than just from the illness contracting the illness itself. And so this kind of turns our conversation Thio. Okay, we know all these things, right? We know that Cova 19 has a detrimental impact on all of these health behaviors and health outcomes for Texas college students. What can we do about it? Right. What are some resource is that we might be able to direct students Thio to help reduce some of the problems that have resulted from private 19. So, Alice, I know you mentioned mental health, you know, and then that you research mental health and access to mental health care. Are there any mental health resource is that students can access during this time period? Absolutely. Eso college campuses tend tohave counseling and mental health services available for students. So I would look into those services. And because everything now is on a remote basis, you can connect with a mental health counselor or therapist remotely be a zoom. Likewise, if you are outside of Texas or in other institutions outside of U T go through the substance abuse and mental Hall administration website samsa Um, they have resource is that you could look up in your state to try to find mental health and substance. Use treatment services for your needs. You know, one thing that I think we take for granted as well is physical activity and mental health are so correlated. Eso, like being physically active, also helps with anxiety. I know for myself like that’s been a good way of kind of getting rid of that anxious energy. So, you know, going out for a walk or a short little hike, or, if you have, like, exercise equipment at home, you know, take advantage. Do a yoga class online. You know, those things help. And now, with like, calm and headspace, there’s all these other resource is that you can access for free to meditate. I think mindful meditation also helps some people deal with anxiety. So I think the important thing is for people to, you know, self reflect, see what’s going on. Do you feel anxious? Do you feel depressed? Do you feel worried all the time and do something about it? Reach out to loved ones, Reach out to your doctor, reach out to your you know if you have a mentor. Asked for help I think that’s the most important thing is to not be shy and get the resource is that you need and we’ll make these resource is available for people to access online eso you should be ableto download. You know information about where you can get mental health support. Yeah, Alice, I totally agree. I think number one thing is Thio really think about what it is that you need. And then, Marisol, I know you mentioned some food related resource is can you tell us a little bit more about that resource? Yes, of course.
[0:15:28 Speaker 2] Eso Latin Dita is the food pantry of Latino studies and African African diaspora studies, and basically it’s just like a couple of shelves in the hallway that we had everything it’s not. And again, it’s just not food. So people need other necessities shampoo, so women products we definitely need. So having those resource is there, the Latin Tita is invaluable. Um, and I’m also aware of the school of social work food pantry, and I was talking with someone that z running the food pantry, and I let them know a couple weeks ago, like they didn’t have a food pantry before Kobe 19. The minute that we got and to stay at home orders, they were already starting to plan and trying to get donations from other students to help other students. So I think that those are two wonderful food pantries, that there are more community based on campus. And then there’s the UT outpost, which is the UT Austin’s official food pantry Central food pantry. And there’s other. There’s also other things going on off off campus, such as the Central Texas Food Bank has a lot of things going on. Last weekend, um, there was a food distribution at the Frank Erwin Center, if I believe, was the Franco in center. And there’s also e mean if we find out or just let someone know that your experience you put in security to, um, let your advisor no, um, and we can try to put you in touch with those resource is. And if we find out there, a lot of students are experiencing food and security. We can try to plan another food distribution here in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center and again for students also staff and faculty that are experiencing food and security as well, and I and I have actually also heard of the mutual aid across Austin. And there’s a lot of other programs going on, like keep keep together a TX um, and a few other local, more community based organizations are are starting their own food pantries, food delivery services. Eso just people look out. I mean, if you need help for food, there’s nothing wrong with that. And I think some people may have shame or may not want to. Might not feel comfortable telling someone that their food insecure, But the only way you can get help is to ask for help. And there’s again there’s nothing wrong with asking for help.
[0:17:54 Speaker 0] Now that’s a great point. And it’s really great to see organizations across campus, you know, really work Thio help students and staff and faculty, you know, during this time of need. And so if you’re in need again like Marisol like Alison, don’t hesitate to reach out, reach out, get the help that you need. You know, we’re all in this together. Maybe not together together, like in person. But we’re definitely together over Zoom Spirit’s s O. I also want to ask you all a couple of questions that came in from some of the students that we work with. You know, there might be confusion surrounding Cove in 19 on DSO. We thought it would be a good opportunity to address some of these questions. Eso if anyone else had similar questions. Here are your answers. So one of the questions that frequently pops up from students that we speak with is how transmissible is co vid um, outdoors versus indoors. So, Alice, can you help clarify the difference, you know, in transmission between outdoors and indoors? Yeah, So one of the things that we have learned about college is that it is airborne, so being in a well ventilated space is very important. So that’s why being outdoors is probably a better idea if you’re going to gather socially with friends, for instance, than being indoors. Because there’s the area in which, like the virus can spread, is, you know, wider right. It’s not enclosed in the space. It cannot like, stay stagnant in the room for a long period of time. So really, ventilation is your best friend. But that’s not to say that just because you’re outdoors, you’re safe, right because your proximity to people is also very important. Eso how close you are to somebody in terms of physical space, how long you’re with that person, whether you’re indoors or outdoors. And if that person has been exposed to the virus, um, or they’re carrying the virus. All of those things are important. And on our things, that one should consider, um when gathering and things like that. So, you know, it’s a little bit harder for you to get cove it outdoors, I think. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a completely 100% safe, you know? Yeah. I mean, I think, if anything, we’ve learned recently with the super spreader event that happened at the White House, eyes that way probably shouldn’t be holding, You know, outdoor barbecues with the neighbors. Uh, anytime soon, a t least not without significant precautions, right? Or same thing like, you know, kissing your family members that you haven’t seen in a long time. It’s just hard like, you know, I know I wanna like, hug people every time I see them. But I can’t because you know what? If I have it, I don’t want to give it to them or the what if they have it? I don’t want them to give it to me. Uh, love me from afar, please. Exactly. I’m important. One of the other questions that were that were frequently asked by our students, um, has to do with isolation when someone else is sick. So, Marisol, can you speak Thio some best practices? What should students do when their family member or their roommate that they live with is sick?
[0:21:42 Speaker 2] Oh, try not to be too close to them. Make sure that you were in two different rooms. Um, you’re not sharing a bedroom, so some it may. It may mean that if you’re sharing a room, your roommate gets the room of their sick and you have to stay on the couch. Um, it’s kind of separate yourself from the individual. Um, a zwelling. If you have pets in the house, I don’t know if you’ve heard the coronavirus. Pets can get coronavirus so they can spread coronavirus as well. So you wanna make sure that you’re restricting contact with your pets? If you’re sick s o, you don’t get someone else in the household sick.
[0:22:15 Speaker 0] Um, with your dog? No,
[0:22:19 Speaker 2] no, Yeah, it’s sad. Poor cats and dogs. You know, they’re gonna be whining for the love, but you just can’t have to restrict contact with your pets. And And if you have to share a bathroom, make sure that’s disinfected. Um, multiple times a day, make sure to wear a mask even in your house. So one thing that I’ve I’ve seen lately is emergency Kobe kit. So a different kind of Kobe kits. There could be a medical and health supply Kobe kid or more basic needs, like food. So make sure you have all your prescription medications. Make sure you don’t have to go to a T B or go to CVS to go pick up your meds. Eso make sure have at least a 30 day supply of your needed meds, preferably if you can try to get a longer supply. Make sure your medicine cabinet is stocked, so make sure you have your seat of men. If in your cold medicines you’re Pepto Bismol, your thermometer fluids with electrolytes. Um, and of course, you need to make sure you have your you have enough soap and hand sanitizer to last you for a while. But do not try to stockpile too much because other people need hand sanitizer and soap to um yes, exactly Exactly what to say. Toilet paper. You do not need 20 packs of toilet paper you
[0:23:30 Speaker 0] can console. Yes, you can
[0:23:32 Speaker 2] consider it least stockpile. Just get two at a time at most. And most stories at least at the height of the pandemic the summer you only could buy too. Um and just just just continue to be that to be considerate shopper and considered consumer as well as garbage bags. Ondas faras food. You don’t have to buy up all the rice and the beans in the store, but least have rice and beans in your home. You wanna have about a two week to 30 day supply of non perishable food? Um, And if you have freezer space great, get frozen fruits, vegetables. And if your meat eater meet, um, make sure you have your peanut butter, which is an excellent nonperishable. Well, it is perishable, but it takes a while for thio spirit on your nuts. And you’re all your canned food that you like flour, sugar if you wanna. If you wanna try to make bread for yourself. I mean, just really try toe, have your house. Um your dorm room, your apartment spot stockpiled with what you need have that emergency Covic kit.
[0:24:34 Speaker 0] That’s great. That’s very cool, E. I think I had to mention this to you guys before, but you know, it’s like that emergency earthquake kick, But you grow up hearing so much in California and I was like, I did not grow up hearing about well, you know, get underneath the table to protect your head and everything. If if the ground starts to shake f y I Texas, that’s what Ugo, one of the conversations that I’d like to have with you all is what have we learned from co vid 19. What have we learned from this pandemic? What should the world be like after experiencing Cove in 19? Kind of like lessons learned? Eso I wanna ask you Alice first. What should we be like? What should we do now that we’ve experienced Cove in 19? Well, one thing is that we should not have this mentality like Oh, well, if I get it, I get it. No. So one of the things moving forward is that I think we need to be better at practicing cove it prevention strategy. So, you know, washing your hands is great, you know, and staying socially distant from others is very important. But wearing your mask way all have a social responsibility to protect each other. So you know mass are absolutely critical, and I think people should be wearing them when they’re out in public. It’s yeah, I mean, I think for your neighbor. Yeah, definitely. I mean, for those people who say that if I get it, I get it. Well, that’s great for you, right? That’s great for you. But it’s not just about you. I think you hit the nail on the head when you talk about social responsibility, right? It’s not just how Cove in 19 impacts you personally. It’s Who do you take that home to? And if that is a grand parent who might be physically frail or a sibling who is undergoing cancer treatment, or a parent who may seem relatively healthy, But then it’s impacted terribly by the virus. I mean, we know the virus has left even, you know, healthy people scarred. And so it’s not about you and your choice. You know to get the virus, and it’s it’s okay if I get it. I’m fine with that. Are you fine with infecting your loved ones and potentially, you know that having fatal consequences. And so, yeah, I definitely think that ideally, one of the takeaways would be that we have, ah, renewed sense of social responsibility to our friends, our family, our neighbors and our communities. Yeah, definitely. Absolutely. Marisol, what do you think Cove in 19 should look, how should the world look like now that we’ve been through Cove in 19 e
[0:27:55 Speaker 2] Think just be more aware of people and aware of you’re not aware, but have more appreciation for people that you do love and wanna be around. Um, and the fact that you’re not able to some people, you’re not able to be around right now. I’m having that appreciation for them. And hopefully, by the next pandemic, we will not need to make social responsibility and caring for people that you love something that is questioned. And so it’s just moving forward and and maybe hopefully other pandemic. But honestly, it probably will be another pandemic in our lifetime. Um, that the minute someone gets sick. We’ll start wearing a mask right away. We’ll start doing social distancing. Um, some. We will have mandates and guidelines for different spaces. Um, for went to wear a mask over your nose.
[0:28:53 Speaker 0] We’ll cover that note. Diaper notion
[0:28:57 Speaker 2] Diapers. Cover that note.
[0:28:59 Speaker 0] Note. Diapers Exactly. Thank you.
[0:29:02 Speaker 2] Yes, and you can breathe Fine. Yes. You make it a little sweaty in there, but it’s not worth getting someone else sick.
[0:29:10 Speaker 0] There are dry wick mass out there, people. So go buy them. Yeah, you don’t have sponsors, like, can’t endorse a particular retailer. But you know, you mail E let’s have a whole list E o. I just spent a lot of money on mass guys E I agree with you money. So hopefully there is a day when the next time that my kids that you know, social responsibility, about like around mass wearing and staying socially distant doesn’t get questioned. And, you know, one thing that we do know for sure is that Kobe isn’t going anywhere, so it’ll be a while before vaccine is available, and even when the vaccine is available, it’ll take a while before we reach some level of herd immunity. Because it takes while a while to distribute the vaccine and get everyone vaccinated. And unfortunately, there’s going to be some pushback on who gets vaccinated, right? Um and you know so in the meantime, and if we want to return to some sense of normalcy, everybody’s gonna have to wear a mask. Everybody’s gonna have to be socially distant. And we’re all going to have Thio do our part to ensure that we don’t get sick. Um, it’s not fun. You know, I hate wearing my mask, too. But if it’s the only way we can try to get around our daily life. And if it protects, you know your spouse, your Children, your your your siblings, your parents, then I think it’s worth it. Definitely. And, you know, speaking of guidelines and just doing more to make sure that people are healthy and stay healthy. There are guidelines that UT has put into place to make sure that students are healthy. One is co vid testing, and the other is a co vid symptom checker. Um eso Marisol, can you tell us a little bit about this co vid symptom checker? I think it’s protect Texas together.
[0:31:17 Speaker 2] Yes, so I use protect Texas together and anyone is listening to this, Please put it on your phone. It’s just an act of making sure. And again there’s privacy. There’s not a privacy guidelines so that no one’s gonna know if you are not feeling well if you’re running nose or on the toilet the night before. Um, but but it is a symptom checker just to make sure that everyone is being safe. Um, and it was put together by U T protect Texas together. Every morning I get a notification toe, check my symptoms. So I think the first question is usually are you feeling well, Yes or no on. And then you kind of go in tow, Where you where you actually diagnose Batkovic, Yes or no? Are you having any of these symptoms? And then once you fill out this survey, you either get the green light or the red light to go on campus. And I feel like everyone that goes on campus needs to take advantage of this app. And honestly, when this has been a problem for a long time, ever since I was a little kid. If you don’t, you don’t feel well stay at home. Do not come in to work. So I’ve
[0:32:23 Speaker 0] definitely been guilty about she’s speaking directly. Oh, e couldn’t speak that one time. Yes.
[0:32:33 Speaker 2] Stay at home way. Don’t want your duties.
[0:32:38 Speaker 0] Understandable. Oh, man. Yeah. And I know that’s difficult for some people, especially if you don’t have sick leave. But I think more and more employers are starting to offer that. Because you understand that, Cove, it is highly contagious, more so than the flu. So you know, it’s important that people stay home if they get sick. Definitely. And if you do get sick, there are Copa testing options on campus. Is that right, Alan? Yes. So you t has made Taubate testing available to students whether or not you have symptoms. Andi, it’s also available to staff and faculty. So my understanding is that they’re running those tests on campus. So the turnaround for getting test results should be pretty quick. Um, unfortunately, unfortunately, the testing is not mandatory. It’s on a voluntary basis. So, you know, I don’t think that there are as many people who are getting tested as we would like. Um and you know, I think if people are expected to be on campus. Maybe we should consider about making man mandatory testing the thing. And I think they could be done in a way that doesn’t necessarily out somebody when they have a nil. Nous eso say you haven’t in person class, and maybe one of your classmates has cove it then, you know, finding a way to tell everybody in the classroom. Okay, we’re now transitioning online classes. Someone in your class tested positive. Um, you know, without necessarily naming that student. Yeah, I think that if you know, UT has provided, you know, these opportunities for people to get tested. That’s great. You know, we have the resource is. But like you mentioned, all those people aren’t taking advantage of these. Resource is on board If we dio have students and faculty and staff there regularly on campus, um, it would make sense, Thio, ask these individuals to test more frequently on but to mandate testing for people who are consistently on campus. Um, you know, if there is an outbreak, there’s a concern that we might not be able to trace it back to anybody. You know who’s patient? Zero. I don’t know, because we don’t have the regular testing the regular, consistent testing that will be required to contact trace effectively. So, um well, to wrap it up. Oh, what should we all? Let’s kind of summarize. What should we all do in the meantime, to protect each other? One. Waas. Where your mouth your math. Where? Your mask over your nose. Cover your nose.
[0:35:34 Speaker 2] No naked news and bandanas were also questionable.
[0:35:37 Speaker 0] That’s right. Oh, also you want a mass that is made of multiple layers of fabric. So I think they said cotton fabric is great. Andi Ideally double or triple layer on DNA. Make sure that it’s nicely snug and fitted. And there are no major openings for air to get through, um, to your nose and mouth. So you really want, like a nice fitted mask that people make it fashion right? There’s so many cute little mass out there on, etc. I just saw some with Breyer Ginsburg that I was thinking about getting so you know, like there’s a way for you to make a fashion statement to definitely eso where your mask, um, stay socially distant. Guys, limit your indoor activities and your in person interactions. Um, don’t be like every hang out with. Yes, Be mindful if you know that someone is constantly going out. Um, you know, with other folks on DNA not practicing social distance guidelines, you don’t have to hang out with that person. I mean, I know there may be some element of peer pressure, uh, to hang out with friends that you haven’t seen in a long time. But the most important thing is your safety and ultimately the safety of others. So if you know someone who is not practicing those guidelines don’t feel guilty for not wanting Thio. Hang out with them right now. It’s not safe. And if you’re feeling sick, stay home, folks, don’t pull it me. Don’t pulling me and come into the office or the O stay home. Uh, feel better, Stay away from others
[0:37:31 Speaker 2] and in track and again, use that protect Texas together, AP and looking at it. And so it’s a symptom survey. That’s one part that I usually use. But there’s also you can sign up for proactive community testing. It gives you more of a live dashboard of confirmed cases of Cova 19 on campus in Texas and Travis County. Um get tested. Use all these APs?
[0:37:55 Speaker 0] Definitely. And I think above. And you know, above all, just take care of yourself, right? S that what you’re gonna say?
[0:38:03 Speaker 2] Yeah. Yes. That’s what I was gonna say.
[0:38:05 Speaker 0] Yeah, Take care of yourself. I mean, we’re all in front of the computer, you know, It almost seems like 24 7 now with online classes with working remotely and so really, make sure you pencil sometime in thio. Relax. Meditate, Go for a walk. Just, you know, get away from the computer screen and take care of yourself. And so I wanna thank you both so much for joining me in this conversation today. I hope you know, our listeners of this episode find the information we presented. Helpful. Um enlightening. Interesting. Onda. We will definitely. Of course, provide resource is, um there will be a link. You can click Thio, learn all about the resource is we talked about during this episode, Onda. Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Latino Research Institute. We’re happy to connect. Yes, Absolutely. Thank you, Vanessa, on money. Thank you. Thank you. So, people and make good choices. Yeah, have a good one. Bye bye thing is actually novel. Montero’s The Communications Associate. A Latino Studies. Thank you for listening to this week’s episode. Make sure to check out the Latino Studies Instagram page. Follow us at Latino studies, you t to keep the conversation going