I meet with students (employees, patients, etc.) frequently as part of my job responsibilities. What should I do if I encounter someone who is obviously sick?

Students, faculty and staff are cautioned against making judgments regarding a fellow student or colleague’s health. If you see someone who is clearly ill, encourage them to contact their health care provider or UB’s Student Health Services at 716-829-3316

As with other forms of influenza (flu) or contagious illnesses such as colds, maintaining a reasonable distance from the person is a starting point. Do not shake hands or make other physical contact. Use a sanitary wipe after the person has left to wipe areas of your work station that the person has touched and follow good hand-washing practices.  There may be situations in which a meeting can be rescheduled to a time when the person is feeling better, or the business can be conducted by phone or e-mail.


Everyone should practice social distancing and good hygiene. UB is asking members of the campus community to follow these public health recommendations to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Cover your cough
  • Sneeze into a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay in your apartment or residence hall room when you are sick

For your day-to-day life in the coming weeks or months, this guidance translates to the following points:

  • Do not get together with groups of friends for parties, study sessions or hang outs. Even something simple like sitting on a couch with others to watch a movie goes against CDC recommendations.
  • Strictly minimize the network of people you maintain in-person contact with.
  • Limit shopping trips to those needed for essential supplies.
  • Avoid any unnecessary travel.
  • Continue to follow tips for frequent and thorough handwashing and sanitation of regularly touched surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Learn the CDC recommendations for what to do if you are sick.

Updated March 23, 2020