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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. These actions include:

  • Twice-a-day cleaning of high-touch areas, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, etc.
  • Installed additional free-standing hand sanitizing stations across campus
  • Disinfected childcare centers and other high-touch university facilities