Prevention Measures

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), please follow these steps—as well as the rest of the information outlined on this page:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • get a COVID-19 vaccine(s) and booster when eligible;
  • avoid close contact with other people who are ill;
  • wear a mask if you have symptoms; and
  • stay home if sick.

Visit the CDC website for other resources and suggestions.


Masking is no longer required anywhere on campus. That said, those who want to wear masks are entirely free to do so.

Hand Hygiene

Studies show that effective handwashing can reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses by as much as 20%. Below is specific guidance from health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides extensive guidance on handwashing; among its key recommendations are to wash hands for no fewer than 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice), and if using hand sanitizer, make sure it has at least 60% alcohol.

The World Health Organization has even more detailed hand hygiene guidance. Please pay particular attention to pages 3 and 4 of this document.