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What precautions should members of the UH community take?

The following recommendations should be followed whether you are a student receiving online instruction at home, or faculty/staff working from home, or you are on campus:

  • Always practice good hygiene: wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Make sure to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid personal contact with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. CDC cleaning recommendations can be found here.
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Recognize the symptoms of this illness which may include a high fever, cough, difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with the flu or a bad cold.
  • Seek care and immediately notify the University Student Health Center or your health care provider if you are experiencing these symptoms.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Self-report any planned international travel to the University, whether it is personal or university-related travel.
  • Continue to refer to and follow CDC guidelines regarding "How to Protect Yourself" here.
  • Comply with University policies and protocols, including the use of face coverings and self-certification of wellness.

What to do if you feel sick

If you are experiencing influenza-like illness, with fever greater than 100.3, and symptoms, including cough, body aches, severe sore throat, or runny nose, should seek medical attention, especially if symptoms worsen.

Students still residing on campus should contact the Student Health Center and identify themselves as having flu-like symptoms to obtain further recommendations and guidance. Students should also consult with their regular health care provider or seek treatment at a local health center if they are overseas. Please call ahead to your health care provider to notify them of the reason for your visit.

Faculty and staff who are ill with flu-like symptoms should stay home and contact their personal physician for further advice.

For additional information about COVID-19, including signs and symptoms, transmission and risk of exposure, and what to do if you are exhibiting symptoms, please refer to the links below. The CDC’s website and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will also issue guidance for those planning to travel or who have recently returned.