University of Houston-Victoria



The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus and to use practices that reduce its spread. This can best be accomplished by:

Avoiding Close Contact

Wearing a Face Covering

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Wearing a cloth face covering in public areas protects other people in case you are infected.
  • While on campus, students, faculty, staff, visitors (ages 10 and older) and contractors are to comply with the UHV guidance on face coverings.
  • Individuals are asked to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth.
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed daily.
  • The use of surgical masks, surgical N-95 respirators or other medical masks is discouraged to maintain resources for health care providers and first responders.
  • Continue to keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing and regular handwashing.
  • Resources for making your own face covering:

Practicing Respiratory and Cough Etiquette

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This should be done often, especially after blowing noses, coughing or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Following Other Good Hygiene Practices

  • Make sure to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid personal contact with sick people.
  • Avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places and minimize handling cash, credit cards, and mobile or electronic devices.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Follow CDC cleaning recommendations.


  • Be aware of your health, and if you feel the onset of any symptoms, stay home except to get medical care.
  • If you are a UHV employee, you are required to conduct a daily self-assessment of your health before coming to work, which includes taking your temperature. If you experience symptoms, alert your supervisor, do not come to campus and follow the Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols.
  • Be generally aware of who you are in close contact with, especially for extended periods of time, so that contact tracing can be performed if you become symptomatic.