The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus and to implement practices that reduce its spread. This can best be accomplished by:
- The COVID-19 vaccination is recommended and strongly encouraged.
- Stay up-to-date with your vaccines
Avoid Close Contact
- Put distance between yourself and other people. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
- Avoid gathering in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting sick.
Use of Face Masks
- The use of well-fitting face masks are encouraged on campus, especially if you are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations, but they are not required.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- For more information, visit CDC Handwashing webpage.
Practice Respiratory and Cough Etiquette
- Remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This should be done often, especially after blowing noses, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Follow Other Good Hygiene Practices
- Make sure to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid personal contact with sick people.
- Avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
- To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places and minimize handling cash, credit cards, and mobile or electronic devices.
Clean and Disinfect
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Follow CDC cleaning recommendations.
- Learn more by reviewing FAQs on Cleaning.
- Be aware of your health and if you feel the onset of Coronavirus Symptoms, contact your health care provider.
- Be generally aware of who you are in close contact with, especially for extended periods of time, so that contact tracing can be performed if you become symptomatic.
- Provide information, as needed, to allow contact tracers from the University and the Health Department to conduct tracing.
*Clinical areas will have additional site-specific protocols with which to comply.