Health Information

Protecting yourself:

  • Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of SLEEP, nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise. 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (contains at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, if you are ill

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Avoid contact with others who are sick

  • Do not travel while sick.  

  • At this time, in alignment with public health guidelines, we strongly recommend that practicing social distancing and in particular around those - or if you are one of those - who are at higher risk for developing the severe disease: individuals over age 60 is quoted but for those in their 70s and 80s is significantly higher) and people with significant underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart or lung disease, or suppressed immune systems.  
  • Follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Department of State for travel recommendations for travel and restrictions. 
  • CDC website has excellent resources available to guide both personal protection and household preparation.

Additional Information:

When to get help:

People who have a fever (>100.3F),  cough or shortness of breath should stay home, put on a (paper) mask if available, and call their healthcare provider for advice. 

Students should call the UHS Nurse Advice Line immediately at (510) 643-7197 for further guidance. 

People with milder, nonspecific symptoms such as nasal congestion or mild cough without fever should, as always, practice good hand hygiene and self-care, avoid close contact with other people, consider wearing a paper mask, and watch for worsening symptoms.

Wearing masks:

 "Surgical masks" (the paper kind) may help limit transmission of YOUR COLD to others if you are sick; they are not recommended in this country for protecting a healthy person.  Any value they do have maybe by stopping people from directly touching their mouth and nose, which is a common way that viruses and germs enter the body. But washing hands and avoiding touching your face work just as well.  Properly fitted N95 respirators (the ones discussed during air quality events) are recommended for healthcare providers caring for those with this virus but not for the general population.


Poster on how to stay healthy and support your immune system