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:
Avoid Close Contact
- Put distance between yourself and other people. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- 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 very sick.
Wear a Face Covering
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Wearing a cloth face covering in public protects other people in case you are infected.
- While on campus, students, faculty, staff, visitors (over the age of 10 years old) and contractors are to comply with the UH guidance on face coverings.
- Individuals are asked to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth.
- Cloth face coverings should be washed daily.
- The use of surgical masks, surgical N-95 respirators of other medical masks is discouraged to maintain the resources for health care providers and first responders.
- Continue to keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing and regular handwashing.
- Resources for making your own face covering:
- CDC guidelines including how to make a simple face covering: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19.
- How to Make Your Own Face Covering with Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, in a few easy steps.
- See CDC guidance for further information on face coverings.
Practice Respiratory and Cough Etiquette
- If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, 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 found here.
- Be aware of your health and if you feel the onset of any symptoms, stay home except to get medical care.
- If you are a UH employee, you are required to conduct a daily self-assessment of your health before coming to work, which includes taking your temperature. If you experience symptoms, alert your supervisor, do not come to campus and follow the COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols. See Workplace Prevention.
- 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.
The University has developed signs to remind you of prevention protocols to follow. The signs are available to download and print in the Download Zone.