Cover your face
Always wear a mask on campus
Face coverings must be worn by everyone—including all faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral fellows, other trainees, guests, vendors, and visitors—indoors and outdoors, on campus and in university buildings and in and around leased spaces.
Face coverings are worn to protect others in the event someone is unknowingly transmitting the virus. Face coverings offer minimal protection for the wearer, so physical distancing must also be maintained even while using face coverings. Face coverings that comply with CDC guidelines are preferred.
The university will provide face coverings for JHU affiliates, and they may also elect to use their own face coverings. Others are expected to use homemade or commercially manufactured cloth face coverings or disposable masks.
Due to recent studies and in alignment with Johns Hopkins Medicine, the following are not acceptable as face coverings:
Face coverings worn by JHU employees and trainees not engaged in providing medical care should not be medical grade PPE in order to maintain supplies for those engaged in providing medical care.
Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly hand washed or laundered before subsequent use. At minimum, cloth face coverings should:
Heath, Safety and Environment staff have the authority to determine if face coverings comply with minimum standards. Individuals who wish to seek an accommodation for the face covering requirement should engage with the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) about the process.
Exceptions to the requirement for universal face coverings indoors are:
Outdoors, exceptions may be made for individuals whose employment requires they work outside full-time (e.g. security, some facilities staff, etc.). They will need to wear face coverings when interacting with, or working in proximity of, others. Individuals in this group will be specifically notified of their exception.
When putting on a face covering/disposable mask, people should:
When taking off a face covering/disposable mask, people should:
Care, storage and laundering:
Smoking and vaping are prohibited on all university campuses and properties for the duration of the pandemic in order to ensure universal face coverings and avoid the known negative effects on individuals with COVID-19. The Human Resources Department has information on smoking cessation support programs for employees on its website. Students can take advantage of the state of Maryland’s smoking cessation program, accessible online at https://mdquit.org/quitline.
Keeping space between yourself and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and to slow its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important that they stay away from others when possible, even if they have no symptoms.
Physical distancing is important for everyone—and required by the university—especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. Everyone on campus is expected to follow social distancing practices. They should:
Everyone should wash their hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after they have been in a public place or after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching their face. It is also suggested that everyone wash their hands as they enter and leave various on-campus spaces and before eating. People should also avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
If soap and water are not readily available, people can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. They should cover all surfaces of their hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Health care workers and others in high-risk areas should use gloves as part of PPE, but according to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene.
If a task or on campus area DID NOT require gloves prior to the pandemic, gloves are not required now.
If a task or on campus area (e.g. laboratory) required a specific type of gloves as PPE prior to the pandemic, those requirements remain in place. Lab gloves should not be worn in common areas.
Washing hands often is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks.
The university is monitoring evolving guidance related to the use of face shields and may provide them where advisable. JHU affiliates do not need to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Laboratories may require specific PPE, and those guidelines must be followed. Good hand hygiene and avoiding touching the face are generally sufficient for non-health care environments.
All other types of personal protective equipment (PPE) required for a specific task or specific on campus area (e.g. laboratory) should not be altered or substituted due to the pandemic without consultation with the Office of Healthy Safety and Environment (HSE). For labs, rules remain in effect to remove all PPE prior to leaving the lab.
Those in a private setting who do not have a cloth face covering on should remember to always cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze or use the inside of their elbow. Then throw used tissues in the trash. After sneezing, individuals should immediately wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, they should clean their hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
If a person has been sneezing/coughing into the cloth mask and it becomes contaminated with mucus, they should change the mask and launder it.
Custodial crews will clean common areas, lobbies, restrooms, classrooms, and conference rooms daily based on CDC guidance. Several times daily, custodians will provide additional cleaning of high-touch points (stairwell and room door handles, elevator buttons, etc.).
Individual affiliates will be expected to clean areas of tables, surfaces, or labs with which they made contact and wipe down personal workspaces. Before starting activity in a space, and before leaving any room in which they have been working, individuals must wipe down all areas with cleaning agent. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g. copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, conference tables, light switches, door knobs, etc.).
People should avoid using other affiliates’ phones, desks, offices, or other tools and equipment and should clean and disinfect them before and after use. Options include but are not limited to:
Follow label directions for safe and effective use.
Help us protect each other
Always wear a mask on campus
Wash or sanitize hands often and don't touch your face
Keep six feet between you and others
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