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Hand washing and hand sanitizer
- Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Follow these steps for proper handwashing:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
- CDC statement on sanitizers vs hand washing with soap
Recommendations for items to have on hand
Stocking up on some essential items is a way of practicing social distancing should the virus begin to spread in your community. Some recommendations to consider:
- If you take prescription medications, make sure you have enough to last a month or longer.
- Pre-purchase fever reducers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Think about adding extra water and nonperishable foods to your pantry to carry you through for a couple of weeks and your go-to sickbed foods in the event you become ill.
Where to get non-perishable foods
There are on campus and other nearby resources available for students and members of the community if you are concerned about the cost of purchasing additional non-perishable food.
- Retriever Essentials (on campus): Retriever Essentials incorporates three ways for students to access healthy foods and other essential supplies, free of charge. Join their MyUMBC group to get updates as to when they will periodically be open during the campus closure.
- Food Pantries located near UMBC
- Other assistance resources from Maryland Food Bank (multiple locations in Maryland)