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How can I help prevent illness?

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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, influenza is currently in widespread circulation in California, and initial symptoms can be similar to novel coronavirus. Any illness right now can increase anxiety and concerns. Members of the Stanford community can contact the SU Occupational Health Center (Stanford employees) or go to Vaden Health Center (Stanford students) to get a flu shot.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Don’t share food and drinks.

Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently (e.g. door knobs, desks, phones).

If you can, avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.