How to Keep Yourself and Others Healthy

  • 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 (containing at least 60 percent alcohol). Berklee has ordered a large quantity of hand-sanitizing gels and will place those around campus.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick.  
  • Instead of shaking hands or hugging when greeting someone, use an alternate form of greeting, such as tapping toes or shoes together, patting your heart area with a hand, flashing a peace sign, giving a thumbs-up, or other more inventive methods. Avoid bumping elbows, since the person may have previously sneezed or coughed into the elbow area. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Note that the CDC has not recommended the use of masks, though you are welcome to wear one if you’d like. 
  • Keep a small package of tissues with you at all times.
  • Sneeze or cough away from people, into a flexed elbow, or use a tissue and throw it away immediately.
  • Do not share drinking glasses, bottles, utensils, makeup, toothbrushes, vaping or other smoking devices, boxes of food, finger foods, or anything else that could carry the virus from one person to another.

Find more details about how to keep yourself and others healthy from the CDC.