Spread the Word: Not the Germs!

Do Your Part in Helping to Fight the Cold, Flu, and COVID-19

Even though the cold, flu, and COVID-19 are different illnesses, there are some common actions we all can take to protect ourselves and our fellow Panthers to reduce our risk from contracting and spreading them!

Spread the Word: Not the Germs!


Stay home.

Stay home, rest and stay hydrated if you are sick.

Avoid going to class, work, student organization meetings, or other in-person meetings and keep your distance from others; this will help prevent spreading your illness to other students. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), it’s recommended that you stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without the use of medicine) except to obtain medical care or other necessities.

Cover your cough.

Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or elbow.

Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza can be easily spread by coughing or sneezing.

  • To help stop the spread of germs:
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Throw used tissues in the trash
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands
Keep it clean.

Keep your environment clean!

Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in household common areas, especially when someone is sick, such as: doorknobs, light switches, phones, desks, sinks, toilets, remotes, laptops. Visit the CDC’s website (cdc.gov) for more information on recommendations for proper disinfecting.


Seek medical care.

Seek medical care if symptoms become worse than expected.

If you have symptoms of the flu and are very sick or worried about your illness, contact a healthcare provider. Call 319-273-2009 to set-up an appointment with the UNI Student Health Clinic. Visit​ ​health.uni.edu​ for a list of off-campus providers.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Avoid touching your face.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid contact with those who are sick as much as possible.

Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.

Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.

Wash hands frequently with soap and water OR use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds. Make sure your hand sanitizer is at least 60% alcohol content. When using soap/water or hand sanitizer, it is important to rub all the surfaces of your hands (palms, backs, fingers, between your fingers, under your nails).


Build a resilient immune system by proactively taking care of yourself.

Build a resilient immune system by proactively taking care of yourself.

  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night to promote healthy immune function and help fight off infections
  • Eat a variety of fruits & vegetables
  • Pursue regular joyful movement throughout the day (i.e. walking, running, biking, swimming)
  • Effectively manage your stress; meet with a Wellness Coach to find healthy coping skills that work for you! Sign-up.
  • Decrease toxic chemicals that go into your body such as reducing consumption of alcohol and other drugs
  • Drink plenty of fluids
Prepare a sick kit!

Prepare a "sick kit".

Prepare a “sick kit” to have on hand if and when illness strikes; you'll thank yourself later! Useful items to include in your kit: soup, crackers, over the counter medicine, tea, sports drinks, sprite, thermometer, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, washcloths, kleenex, nasal spray, cough drops, insurance card, number of UNI Student Health Clinic or family doctor, movie or book.

Build a resilient immune system by proactively taking care of yourself.

Understand the different symptoms of the cold, flu and COVID-19.

Is it the cold, flu, or COVID-19? Check out this chart to understand the similarities and differences. Remember, getting tested for COVID-19 when experiencing symptoms or after being exposed is one of the most important things we can do right now for our health and the health of other Panthers! Call the UNI Student Health Clinic (319-273-2100) to be assessed for testing.


If we all do our part, we can PROTECT OUR PANTHERS and reduce the spread of the cold, flu, and COVID! #ProtectingOurPanthers