Keep Each Other Safe: Everyday Basics
Keep Each Other Safe
Here are the regular things you can do to keep yourself and our community safe.
Stay home if you don't feel well
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home! Don’t go to class, don’t go to your office, don’t go to the library, don’t go to the store, don’t get on the bus or subway. Stay home. Contact your professor or your supervisor and let them know you are taking a sick day. Notify the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team. Questions or need medical care? Contact the Student Health Center (students) or your doctor (employees) and follow their advice.
Take the Daily COVID-19 Screener before leaving for campus
The Daily COVID-19 Screener for Campus Access is a requirement to enter NYU academic and administrative buildings. We recommend using “NYU Mobile” but you can also use your computer. Before you can enter NYU buildings, you must answer all the questions accurately and receive a daily authorization. Even if you are feeling fine, you must check your temperature and evaluate yourself for symptoms and exposure or you will not be cleared to enter an NYU building.
Get Tested for COVID-19
NYU is conducting regular, mandatory testing of all individuals studying or working on site so we can identify and isolate those who may have COVID-19 in order to help prevent its spread and monitor coronavirus infection rates within the community. While not a daily requirement, periodic testing is mandatory to maintain campus access—and keep each other safe.
Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth
Wear a mask or other face covering that covers your nose and mouth at all times, unless you are eating (in which case, keep 6 ft (2 m) or more between yourself and others), you are alone in a closed office, or you are in your own home.
Keep your distance and de-densify
Whether you are greeting, meeting, eating, or simply sitting around tweeting, keep six feet of space between yourself and others. Look for wayfinding clues, like designations of entrances and exits, spacers on hallway floors, and maximum occupancy signs on rooms and elevators. Handshakes and hugs are out; waving 6 ft (2 m) apart is in.
Keep it small, keep it virtual – avoid large gatherings
Most gatherings not deemed essential are currently prohibited on campus, with the exception of pre-reserved group meetings limited to 2–4 participants. Essential gatherings include core academic activities (e.g., classes), core essential research, or those facilitating the health and safety of the University community that cannot be accomplished in a virtual/remote setting.
Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer
Clean your hands frequently, either with soap and water or with alcohol-based sanitizer (we have installed many new alcohol-based gel dispensers at building entrances).
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
If you need to cough or sneeze, do it into a tissue or your elbow, not your hands.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
It's a hard habit to break – studies have shown people touch their face upwards of 16 times per hour. However, especially between hand washings, try not to touch your mouth, nose, and eyes. So, right after cleaning your hands, adjust your mask, glasses, and hair so they won't bother you, don't rest your elbows on the table, and try not to touch your face.
Keep Your Contact Info Up to Date
Make sure your phone number and local address are correct in Albert (students) or PeopleSync (employees). The COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team may need to reach you if you were exposed to COVID-19.
We recognize that COVID-19's effects have been disparate, and its impacts on poor communities and communities of color have been especially painful. In our response to the coronavius, NYU is committed to mitigating those impacts as well as ensuring no one in our community is ostracized, bullied, or mistreated due to ignorance about this disease.