Coronavirus: Prevention

The best way to remain healthy during this time is to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus by staying home, maintaining social distancing, keeping your hands clean, and taking good care of yourself. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control's website on How to Protect Yourself and Others. Remember, there is currently no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19, and it is still the flu, cold, and allergy season.  Practicing preventative measures and taking good care of yourself is the best way to way to stay healthy.

Follow these normal preventative actions to reduce your risk of not only COVID-19, but also colds and the flu.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with others, especially people who are sick.
  • If you feel sick, stay home or in your room and avoid contact with others.
  • If your symptoms worsen, seek medical care from the Health Center (students) or your personal healthcare provider (faculty & staff).

Important Health Information For Those Who Have Recently Traveled Internationally or to a COVID-19 Hot Spot

If you have recently traveled to countries the CDC has identified with a high risk for transmission (China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, or Hong Kong)  and feel sick with a fever, cough, or shortness of breath (or develop these symptoms) you should:

  • Seek medical care right away.
    • If you are a student, contact the Health Center for advice. Please call before presenting at the clinic.
    • If you are a non-student, contact your personal healthcare provider. Please call before presenting at their office or clinic.
  • Avoid contact with others. Stay home or in your room if you’re ill and isolate yourself from roommates, except for seeking medical care.
  • Avoid further travel until the illness resolves.
  • Follow the preventative measures outlined above.
Additional Resources and Latest Updates and Information:

If you have questions about symptoms or information related to the virus, please call the NYSDOH COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the New York State Department of Health website for more information.