- Clean your hands. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Don't share towels. Use paper towels after washing your hands, or use a cloth towel that isn’t shared with anyone else.
- Clean common surfaces. Use a standard household disinfectant, and wash your hands after cleaning the area.
- Be helpful, but safe. Don't be afraid to help out your roommate while he or she is ill. You can always offer to pick up some Kleenex or drop off a P-set, but try to avoid close contact with your sick roommate.
- Remind sick roommates to keep their germs to themselves. It’s okay to remind a sick roommate (nicely, of course!) to cover coughs and sneezes and to clean his or her hands frequently (especially after coughing, sneezing, or tossing a used tissue in the trash).
Monitor yourself closely for the development of symptoms for seven days after contact with your sick roommate. If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat, or other symptoms of illness, call MIT Medical at 617-253-4481 to speak with a clinician and get advice about what to do next.