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How can I help prevent illness?

Prevention measures are similar to those utilized against the common cold and flu, which are currently circulating in high numbers in California. Get a flu shot. We strongly recommend that everyone obtain seasonal flu vaccination. While it will not prevent COVID-19,…

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What is the policy for families that travel? (Updated 12/16/20)

Important Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford recommends delaying travel, especially if you are not fully vaccinated. Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals are required to comply with campus access restrictions and testing requirements following personal or university-sponsored travel. In…

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Can employees receive a stipend to purchase an ergonomic desk and chair?

While stipends for ergonomic desks and chairs are not available, you are encouraged to watch a pre-recorded session of the Ergonomics at Home webinar hosted by Environmental Health & Safety, which offers tips and do-it-yourself (DIY) hacks for setting up a…

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Are employees who are required to work from home during shelter-in-place eligible for personal cell phone or home internet service stipends?

Telecommuting employees are not typically eligible for these stipends. However, in light of COVID-19 and the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order and its recent extension, all employees who are required to perform work from home during the Order (“Shelter-in-Place Teleworkers”) are…

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How can we promote effective handwashing in our labs and offices?

Where available, use hand sanitizer stations. Ensure your break areas and lab sink areas have a mounted soap dispenser with soap.  Contact facilities management to obtain a mounted dispenser and refills. Post handwashing signs in bathrooms and break areas.  The…

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What are some recommended daily hygiene practices?

Limit touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) and having close contact with others. Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently. Keep a 6-foot distance from others to reduce potential person-to-person transmission.  Sneeze into your arm to reduce the spread…

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