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.
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.