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Protecting Yourself & Others

Social Distancing

Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and slowing its spread. Since people can spread COVID-19 before they know they are sick, it is essential to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is vital for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at a higher risk of getting sick. Employees working on campus must follow these social distancing practices:

  • stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from other people at all times;
  • do not gather in groups of 10 or more; and
  • stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.


Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


Healthcare workers and others in high-risk areas should use gloves as part of PPE; however, according to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Frequent handwashing is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks.

Goggles/Face Shields

Employees do not need to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Proper handwashing and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient for non-healthcare environments.

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