Four Principles of Prevention

Get Vaccinated

The vaccines currently used in the U.S. are safe and effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Though fully vaccinated individuals may still spread COVID-19 when infected, vaccines protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. 

Wear a Mask When Recommended

The CDC recommends wearing a mask in public indoor settings in high COVID-19 transmission areas, even if you have been fully vaccinated. Check your county's current transmission risk. Masks are always welcome in all USU buildings and vehicles.

Stay Home When You Are Sick

Please stay home if you are ill with any symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 vary greatly, and a wide range of symptoms have been reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Do not attend classes, go to work, or attend any social events. This protects the entire community, particularly those who are at a higher risk of complications from the disease.

If you have symptoms of an illness, get tested for COVID-19 immediately. 

Practice Good Hygiene

Clean Your Hands Often

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 available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze to capture respirator droplets, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use the inside of your elbow. Immediately wash your hands afterward or use hand sanitizer. If you are ill and must be around others, wear a facemask if there is one available.

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