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If you are sick or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, do not come to campus or attend social events to prevent the further spread of the virus. Even if you are well, health officials are encouraging social distancing as well as these simple precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • For information about hand washing, see CDC’s hand washing website.
  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you:
    • Develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing.
    • Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
    • Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
    • Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask if you are sick.
    • You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick you do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.