Prevention

Guidance from the CDC indicates that other general prevention measures that prevent the flu and other viruses, such as hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and importantly, staying home when you are sick, are also the best measures to protect from contracting COVID-2019.

It is important to rely on official sources of information for facts about COVID-19, not share unconfirmed information, and practice prevention measures like handwashing, covering your coughs and sneezes, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces.

Social distancing instructions

Those who are not necessarily at risk of serious disease can carry the disease to their loved ones. Carefully adhere to social distancing practices as outlined in Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order of March 27, 2020, which directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, exercise outdoors or to help a family member; bans gatherings of more than 10 people; and directs everyone to physically stay at least 6 feet apart.

Read NCDHHS’ Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response in North Carolina webpage

Everyday prevention measures

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

While risk of contracting COVID-2019 is low at this time, prevention for other viruses, like the flu, is important to keeping our community healthy.

CDC COVID-19 prevention tips

Is App State prepared for COVID-19?

Appalachian State University’s emergency response team routinely monitors situations that could affect campus and consistently engages campus and community groups in year-round preparation for a number of scenarios, including the spread of communicable diseases.

Our planning and preparation are in accordance with the latest guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and include coordination with many units across campus, including those that manage housing, dining, health services, facilities and maintenance, international travel and communications.

We have been working closely with AppHealthCare, the UNC System and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and prepare for its effects on our campus. These partnerships are invaluable, and we will continue to work closely with local and state public health entities to protect the health and safety of the Appalachian Community. We remain vigilant and will continue to work closely with public health officials should we encounter any suspect illnesses.

What is Appalachian doing to prevent COVID-19 on campus?

Appalachian State University’s emergency response team routinely monitors situations that could affect campus, and consistently engages campus and community groups in year-round preparation for a number of scenarios, including the spread of communicable diseases.

We have been working closely with AppHealthCare, the UNC System and with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and prepare in the event it should affect our campus. These partnerships are invaluable, and we will continue to work closely with local and state public health entities to protect the health and safety of the Appalachian Community.

Our planning and preparation are in accordance with the CDC’s latest guidelines and recommendations, and include coordination with many units across campus, including housing, dining, health services, facilities and maintenance, and communications.

What is Student Health Service doing to protect students?

Student Health Service providers and staff are in regular contact with the UNC System and local and state public health officials. We are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and screening ill students for risk factors. We remain vigilant and will continue to work closely with public health officials should we encounter any suspected illnesses. University medical staff also strongly advise simple yet effective prevention measures, such as washing hands, staying home when you are sick, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue. At this time, the CDC does not recommend wearing masks if you are not sick.

More information on prevention from the CDC

What cleaning measures is the university taking?

The university routinely uses cleaning products designed to reduce the spread of many diseases. The CDC recommends EPA-registered hospital disinfectants, and routine cleaning and disinfection procedures to prevent the spread of viruses, including the one that causes COVID-2019.

In an effort to reduce the overall spread seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, we have increased the frequency of cleaning in public areas and have ensured EPA-registered hospital disinfectants are consistently used to clean residence halls, classrooms, offices, public spaces and other facilities and equipment.

What about current students, faculty and staff who might be at increased risk?

Student Health Service providers and staff are in regular contact with the UNC System, and local and state public health officials, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and screening ill students for risk factors.

Along with public health officials, we are continuing to identify and remain in contact with students, faculty and staff who have traveled to areas of higher risk. Of the very small group who traveled to China during the possible exposure period, none traveled to Wuhan.

The university continues to coordinate with public health and reach out to each individual who has been identified as having traveled to an area of higher risk.

App State's COVID-19 travel information

What should I do if I think I have or might contract COVID-2019?

If you:

  1. Have recently traveled to a high-risk area, and/or
  2. Have been in contact with someone who has COVID-2019, and
  3. Begin to experience symptoms, such as mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing

Call before you visit your health care provider.

Student Health Service providers and staff are in regular contact with the UNC System, and local and state public health officials, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and screening ill students for risk factors. After-hours, on-call medical staff are available 24/7.
828-262-3100

AppHealthCare, our local public health agency, is closely monitoring COVID-19 and working closely with local, state and federal partners to stay on top of the latest information related to this virus. After-hours, on-call medical staff are available 24/7.
828-264-4995

Read about symptoms on the CDC website