Dr. Sarah Van Orman, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health, issued an update on March 4, 2020, with recommendations regarding hygiene practices, travel, and other topics. Hygiene practices are listed below, and the entire message is available at: https://sites.usc.edu/coronavirus/community-public-health-update-for-covid-19/.
Stay at home if you are sick. Faculty should not require notes from medical providers for students who may have absences due to respiratory or other illnesses.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Cover your cough and sneeze with your elbow or sleeve.
Avoid touching your nose and mouth.
Wearing face masks as a routine practice is not recommended.