Wild Abundance is working to make a safe, proactive, and appropriately-scaled response to the spread of the novel coronavirus and associated disease, COVID-19. Our hearts go to the individuals and communities, both locally and internationally, that are being impacted by the pandemic.
Keeping our students and staff members safe is our highest priority.
Below, you will see information about how this will affect our programs in the short term, what we are doing, as well as guidelines (from the CDC) on when to stay home.
Like many challenges of today — climate change, mass extinction, racism, environmental destruction, resource inequity — the coronavirus threat is both personal and collective. On the one hand, we are concerned for ourselves and our families. On the other hand, solutions to challenges like this one come in community. We’re in conversation with our allies about how to move forward in this moment, and like us, most are choosing to stay operational to bring people together around the issues that face us all. We are proactively taking preventative measures throughout our campus and acknowledging the dynamic and unknown nature of these conditions as they unfold.
Wild Abundance has postponed our early April classes. As of now, we plan to offer the rest of our regularly scheduled classes and programs.
What We Are Doing to Keep our Campus safe
- Encouraging people to stay home when ill or after having contact with symptomatic people
- Adjusting our refund policy
- Encouraging people to wash their hands frequently
- Providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer throughout the campus
- Requiring carpentry students to wear gloves while using shared tools, safety permitting
- Daily cleaning of outhouses
- Daily sanitation of all commonly-touched surfaces
Are classes are held outdoors. Research tells us that being outdoors with medium-sized groups of people is much safer than being indoors together.
When to Stay Home
We ask you to stay home if you’re feeling sick, especially if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Please consult the CDC website for additional recommendations on when to stay home.
If you are traveling by plane to come to Wild Abundance, we invite you to look at the CDC information for travelers first. Several airlines are adjusting their flight-change fees and penalties to allow more flexibility for travelers impacted by the coronavirus.
You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms.
The symptoms include sore throat, cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms, especially if you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with known presence of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Support your immune system by getting plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of water, and staying calm. Some immune strengthening measures include: consuming antioxidants, vitamin C, zinc, echinacea, and avoiding sugar (the immune system is suppressed for 8 hours after consuming 1 teaspoon of sugar).
We wish for you resilient health.