Minimizing exposure to COVID-19

Minimizing exposure to coronavirus is key to protecting JKUAT Nakuru students, faculty and staff from COVID-19.

This can be accomplished by following the hierarchy of controls

ELIMINATION

Reduce the hazard

Examples:

  • At least 50% reduction of students in classrooms
  • Hybrid course offerings and staggered schedules for face-to-face instruction
  • Online option always available for high-risk students

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROLS

Change interactions and environment

Examples:

  • Frequent classroom cleaning (5 days/week)
  • Modified traffic flows and one-way paths within buildings
  • Approved disinfectant and hand sanitizer
  • Revised classroom and building occupancy 

PERSONAL CONTROLS

Protect yourself and the community

Examples:

  • Do not come to campus if sick
  • Wear face coverings as required in classrooms, buildings and outdoor areas of campus
  • Stay at least 1.5 meters from other people
  • Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer

Practice good hygiene and disinfect surfaces

 Mask-Wearing to Prevent COVID-19

Masks or face coverings are required for all staff, patients and visitors while on JKUAT Nakuru Campus, including in parking lots. They are also required in many public places in the Nakuru County and throughout Kenya.

Questions and Answers: About Mask-Wearing

Is wearing a mask effective in stopping the spread of coronavirus?

Yes, wearing a face mask is effective in helping slow the spread of COVID-19, in addition to regularly (and thoroughly) washing hands and practicing physical distancing. The Ministry of Health (MoH) reports that by covering your mouth and nose, you’re significantly lowering the chances of spreading infection through small droplets that come out of your mouth when you talk, sneeze and cough.

What kind of mask should I wear?

Masks can be made of different materials and designs, which influence their filtering capability. Although they cannot be washed, disposable masks are fluid resistant and effective in providing some protection against the spread of infectious droplets from person to person. It was also found in a recent lab study that masks made of household materials such as cloth have up to a 60% filtration rate for droplets that are linked to spreading COVID-19. The MoH has provided guidance on how to make a mask with common household materials. The most important thing is to use something to cover your nose, mouth and chin: a mask, scarf or otherwise.

What is the proper way to wear a mask?

Face masks, even if loose-fitting, should be worn to cover the nose, mouth and chin. If possible, adjust the mask so there are no gaps on either side. Additionally, it’s important to wash hands before touching your mask, inspect for holes or tears, and avoid touching the mask once it’s on. Disposable masks should be discarded immediately after use, preferably in a closed bin.

Should I still practice physical distancing while wearing a mask?

Yes – public health experts report that masks alone cannot prevent the spread of COVID-19. Continue staying home when possible and maintaining at least a 1.5 meters distance from others in public, in addition to washing hands frequently and thoroughly.


Do I still need to wear a mask if I’m healthy?

Yes. Mask-wearing is an essential preventive measure, even for those who consider themselves healthy or who aren’t experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. According to the MoH, many of those who are COVID-19-positive don’t show symptoms, so the risk of the virus may be present to others, especially vulnerable people, whether or not you realize you are sick.

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