What You Can Do To Stay Healthy

The Centers for Disease Control provides information on COVID-19 prevention, treatment and symptoms on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • 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 readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website. These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

And don't forget to protect yourself from another common virus, the flu (influenza)!

At this time in the United States, your risk of getting the flu is much greater than your risk of contracting COVID-19.

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. See People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications for a full list of age and health factors that confer increased risk. 

To be clear, the influenza virus is a different virus from COVID-19, and getting your flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19. But both viruses are spread in the same fashion, and there is a vaccine to help prevent the spread of the flu.

Flu shots for Baylor students are available at Baylor Health Services located on the second floor of the McLane Student Life Center. Students can make an appointment by calling 254-710-1010 or using the Health Portal log-in on www.baylor.edu/healthservices. Faculty and staff are encouraged to get a flu shot, which is covered by health insurance,  from their local health care provider. The vaccine also is available at Baylor Health Services.