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Preventing Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Practice social 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. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

The university continues to take multiple actions to keep the university healthy and prevent the spread of illness as much as possible. These actions include:

  • Staff are cleaning campus following the normal cleaning protocols for each type of space, followed by application of the disinfectant cleaning products Oxivir Five 16Oxivir 1 Wipes and PURELL Professional Surface Disinfectant Spray. All disinfectants meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s criteria for use against COVID-19. Facilities has designated additional personnel resources to help assist with this enhanced cleaning and disinfecting process.
  • Twice-a-day cleaning of high-touch areas, such as doorknobs, handrails, flat surfaces in common spaces, elevator buttons, etc.
  • Installed additional free-standing hand sanitizing stations across campus
  • Campus early childhood care and education facilities and athletic facilities locker rooms and showers are being deep cleaned and then electrostatic fogged using a disinfectant product.
  • The university restricted access to dining facilities and implemented new safety protocols to promote social distancing for all remaining dining and food delivery on campus.

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. The Return to Campus Plan phases and protocols will serve as a guide for the university as it gradually reopens campus to these vital endeavors.