Common Questions About the Vaccine

With increasing hospitalizations across the state due to COVID-19, three WVU experts answer common questions about the safety of the vaccine and how to best protect yourself and others.

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Here's how to protect yourself and others.

Get vaccinated.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others. Vaccination prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Unvaccinated people are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated.

Watch the “Three Cs” — close, continuous contact with others; crowds; and, close spaces.

Maintaining physical distance of 6 feet can reduce transmission of the virus.

Wear a mask or face covering that covers your mouth and nose.

Dr. Kathy Moffett explains why it’s important to wear your mask or face covering and how to properly put them on.

The spread of COVID-19 can be controlled when 80% of a population wears face coverings and face masks properly.

Keep your environment and your hands clean.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer when touching public surfaces. Humming the chorus of "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is an easy way to estimate.

  • Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes, which can introduce the virus.
  • Cover your face when sneezing or coughing (even when wearing a mask).
  • Limit touching shared surfaces to reduce the spread of the virus.

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Information from Spring 2020

All information listed below is relevant to the 2020 Spring Semester.