March 16, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.
FAU is increasing the number of hand hygiene stations around all campuses and increasing cleaning activities to help prevent the spread of germs. A few simple steps to protect yourself and those around you include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, particularly if you have been in contact with someone who is sick
- Use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Although widespread use of face masks for asymptomatic people outside clinical settings is not recommended, remember that it is a social norm in many countries to wear a face mask during cold and flu season. Do not assume that a person wearing a face mask is infectious, or that they should be avoided.
The CDC also provides information on keeping the workplaces, schools, homes and commercial establishments safe. Many of these tips are detailed below.
Institute Social Distancing Measures
- Promote hands-free gatherings in your workplace. Use alternatives to the conventional handshake and avoid person-to-person touch. Many people are using elbow taps, foot taps, and even the peace sign as a greeting.
- Avoid using shared refrigerators; pack your lunch with a freezer pack to keep your lunch fresh.
- Sanitize hands before and after eating, using the coffee station, or touching shared equipment.
- Sanitize the high touch hot spots such as desks, credenzas, shared office equipment, doors and doorknobs.
- Discontinue self-serve food offerings in the office.
- Move meetings to a virtual environment like WebEx.
- For (rare) meetings where you must be face-to-face, choose a venue that permits at least six feed between attendees. Actively encourage hands-free greetings. Offer hand sanitizer at the entrance to and within the event venue. Discontinue self-serve food offerings at meetings.
- Use meeting messaging to promote good hand hygiene.
Visitors to FAU Campuses
- Any non-essential visitors are not permitted in work areas or residence halls at this time.
- Per FAU Policy 4.1.3, employees and students are not permitted to bring children to work or class.
Questions and Requests for Assistance can be directed to FAU’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety:
Residential Students (including off-campus hotel)
Non-Residential Students (contact the Office of the Dean of Students)