Prevention

Everyone should take action to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Stay Home When You are Sick

Most individuals who contract COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. Please stay home if you are ill. 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.

The Utah Department of Health recommends anyone with even one of these symptoms get tested:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches and chills
  • Decreased sense of smell or taste

Avoid Close Contact and Practice Social Distancing

COVID-19 is thought to mainly spread from one individual to another through respiratory droplets when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. The best way to avoid spreading the disease, even if you or others are not showing symptoms, is to avoid close contact with others. Put 6 feet away between yourself and others and only meet in small groups that allow for this social distancing.

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.

Wear a Cloth Face Covering in Public

The CDC now recommends everyone wear a cloth face coverings in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Learn more about CDC guidance for cloth face coverings, and find instructions for making your own. The CDC does not recommend the general public wear surgical masks or N95s as these should be saved for health care workers and first responders. 

Clean and Disinfect

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day, particularly if they are dirty. Most common EPA-approved household disinfectants will work.