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Germ Prevention

Getting sick isn't on any one's To Do list. Follow these easy tips to help keep yourselves and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, particularly after you use the restroom and before you eat.
  • When washing your hands, use soap and warm water. Rub your hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds, or about as long as it takes to say your ABC's.
  • Keep hand sanitizer on you at all times to use when you cannot use soap and water to wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your nose and mouth as much as possible.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes, ideally with a tissue or the inside of your arm. Then, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as cups, drinks, make up, cell phones, food, etc.
  • Stay home from class or work if you feel sick.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, counters, and cell phones regularly.
  • Many illnesses are vaccine preventable. Make sure you are up to date!
  • Students: visit Student Health Services if you feel ill. Appointments can be made online or by calling
    (309) 438-APPT (2778). Not sure if you need to see a doctor? Call the Nurse Consult Line at
    (309) 438-RNRN (7676).
  • Faculty and staff should speak with their healthcare provider to determine if they should seek care.