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Preventing Illness

In addition to being vaccinated, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Practice physical distancing vigilantly
  • Wear a cloth face covering
  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

In charting a path forward amid the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vanderbilt is committed to providing students, faculty and staff with an environment where scholarship, research, leadership and creative expression can continue to thrive.