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How to Protect Yourself and Campus from COVID-19 Disease

Layered prevention strategies can help protect individuals from developing COVID-19, decrease COVID-19 illness severity, and prevent campus and community outbreaks. 

Get vaccinated and stay up to date with your vaccinations.

We strongly encourage but do not require students to be vaccinated before arriving on campus this semester. 

Getting vaccinated is the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. CDC recommends that everyone who is eligible stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines.

The COVID-19 vaccine and booster(s) are available by appointment on campus and at many other locations in our surrounding community for everyone ages 5 and older. If you have questions about vaccination, or about how to make an appointment on campus, please visit our Boise State Vaccination Clinic page.

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Wear a facial covering.

Facial covering use can provide an extra layer of protection from COVID-19, especially during periods of time or in places associated with high-transmission.  High-quality facial coverings such as N95s and KN95s are recommended by the CDC to protect the wearer. Ensuring the right fit is also an important factor in using facial coverings to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. 

Type of Facial CoveringHow They Work
N95 MasksFilters both large and small particles from the air as the wearer breathes in. Offers the highest level of protection.
KN95 MasksFilters both large and small particles from the air as the wearer breathes in. Offers more protection than a surgical mask.
Surgical or Medical MasksFilters large particles from the air as the wearer breathes in and protects the wearer from respiratory droplets released by others.
Cloth MasksTraps respiratory droplets released by the wearer when talking, coughing or sneezing. Filters respiratory droplets released by others when the wearer breathes in. Most effective when made of multiple, tightly woven layers of fabric, like cotton.

More information on facial coverings from the CDC:

Free KN95 and medical masks for the Boise State campus community are available for pick-up outside of the Boise State Vaccination Clinic in Campus School, in Human Resources, and at the Information Desk in the Student Union Building.

Practice physical distancing.

Because COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, increasing your distance from others (staying at least 6 feet away from others) and avoiding poorly ventilated spaces and crowds is another prevention method that can be used to protect yourself from COVID-19 infection. 

Student washing her handsWash your hands often.

Touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus that causes COVID-19 on them is another way of contracting COVID-19.  Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially before eating or preparing food, before touching your face, after using the restroom, after leaving a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, after handling your mask, after changing a diaper, and after caring for someone sick. If you are not able to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Cover coughs and sneezes.

    • If you are wearing a mask: You can cough or sneeze into your mask. Put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands.
    • If you are not wearing a mask:
          • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
          • Throw used tissues in the trash.
          • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect.

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    • Clean high touch surfaces regularly or as needed and after you have visitors. This may include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If someone is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19, disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Monitor your health.

Continue to monitor your health and be alert for any symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, sore throat, headache, or other symptoms of COVID-19. If you are feeling sick and experiencing symptoms, please stay home from campus and notify the Boise State Public Health at or (208) 426-2968 immediately to determine next steps.

For more information, please visit the CDC’s How to Protect Yourself & Others page.

Commitment to Keeping Campus Healthy

Boise State University is committed to providing a safe working, learning, and living environment for all campus community members by preventing and/or minimizing the spread of Communicable Diseases, including COVID-19. All Boise State students, faculty and staff must adhere to all health and safety requirements as listed in our Communicable Disease policy. Campus requirements may include, but is not limited to:

    • Reporting confirmed communicable diseases, including COVID-19
    • Isolating or quarantining, when required
    • COVID-19 testing, when required
    • Wearing a facial covering, when required
    • Physical distancing, when required

 To read the full policy, please visit our Communicable Disease (Policy 9270) page.