COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Safety Services expects to frequently update this page with new FAQs and information. 

updated January 22

  • I'm concerned about the ventilation in my area. How do I find out more about this issue?
  • The most important controls to prevent the spread of the virus are to wear a face covering and maintain a physical distance. Facilities Management has created a resource to share more information about the steps UC Davis is taking to mitigate COVID-19 risk as it relates to building ventilation and air filtration:
  • How do I mitigate fogging due to the combination of wearing a face covering and prescription eyewear/safety eyewear?
  • There are a few techniques that are commonly recommended: 1) tape the face covering securely to the nose, using medical or athletic/sports tape 2) rub a single drop of dish soap onto both sides of the lens and wash off. Shaving cream works as well. 3) use a commercial anti-fogging product. Make sure it is intended for eyewear so no eye irritation results. Some possible products are "Cat Crap anti fog lens cleaner", "Optix 55 Fog Gone", "TYR anti-fog spray" and many others. There are also many anti-fog wipes on the market.
  • Researchers or others in my department are planning to travel domestically, both within and outside of California; some for essential (work-related) activities, and others for leisure. A) Is this allowed and b) should travelers quarantine upon return?
  • A) UC Davis has no authority to restrict domestic movement. Please refer to the Global Affairs website for all travel-related inquiries. This webpage contains a general recommendation again any non-essential domestic university business-related travel. Travel-related guidance may change at any time. The Global Affairs website will be kept up-to-date as changes occur:  b)We may not impose a quarantine of any kind for returning from domestic travel.
  • What is the best way to clean a vehicle?
  • Adhering to guidance on the Campus Ready website will help limit the survival of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces. Be sure to use a product that is compatible with the material that you are cleaning. This office and lab guidance can be adapted for cleaning vehicles: Here is an article on how to clean a car to destroy the virus without damaging the interior:

    Download checklists for cleaning all the high-touch areas.
    - Printable version
    - Mobile/fillable version
  • How does my department order plexiglass barriers so that work stations can be separated by less than six feet 
  • Call Facilities Management customer experience center (530-752-1655), give them the details of the project (noting that it is COVID19-related), and they will provide you with an estimate.
  • How do I set up additional laundering for lab coats?
  • This is addressed briefly on the lab ramp-up page of the Safety Services website (right side of page /units/ehs/research/laboratory/resumption) In the absence of a COVID19 infection, there is no reason to consider lab coats “contaminated” so the regular laundering schedule can be adhered to. If you would like to increase laundering for peace of mind, contact your DSC or MSO to inquire about how to go about this.
  • How can I clean/disinfect my office/lab space to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2?
  • The Campus Ready website has information:
  • How do I launder my face mask?
  • face masks are not considered by Cal/OSHA to be “PPE” (Personal Protective Equipment) and therefore can be laundered at home or by a commercial laundering service.  The CDC has guidelines on laundering face coverings:
  • How do I get signage for my building?
  • The Campus Ready website contains a library of signs, which can be ordered readymade and laminated from Reprographics You can download printable signage on face coverings and handwashing on this FOA webpage:
  • Will EH&S be providing signage for my building?
  • EH&S will not be providing general signage, but does have a selection of handwashing stickers available. Contact to obtain a supply
  • Which products available through AggieBuy are effective against SARS-CoV-2?
  • There is a partial list available on this page (click the blue bar in the middle of the page for drop down):
  • Are there any safety issues related to hand sanitizer?
  • It is important to make sure that hand sanitizer dispensers are placed in a code-compliant manner: Hand sanitizers contain high concentrations of alcohol and can flame or flash in certain circumstances. Find out more here: Methanol-based hand sanitizers are toxic. Find guidance from the FDA here:
  • How do I purchase cleaning supplies for my workspace?
  • Supply Chain Management offers cleaning supplies through AggieBuy. They have this message related to supplies on their website: Please be aware that due to the recent novel coronavirus outbreak, some item categories have a higher probability of being unavailable or on back-order. You may find products such as masks, hand sanitizers, cleaning products, and nitrile gloves to be impacted. Items in the UC Davis Central Storehouse and Scientific Store should reflect current stock status. Due to restricted availability some orders will be partially fulfilled or may not be approved. Please consider utilizing alternative disinfectants provided by Safety Services.
  • How do I purchase face coverings and PPE?
  • Supply Chain Management has information regarding purchasing these items:
  • Is there a way to obtain any pandemic-related materials (e.g. PPE, sanitizer) for free?
  • Finance, Operations and Administration (FOA) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) are offering limited quantities of face coverings, disinfectants, sanitizers and PPE at no cost to departments. Find out more here:
  • What/how often are the custodians cleaning?
  • Custodial Services (  has a fact sheet available to answer questions regarding cleaning and COVID19 . Email with additional questions
  • How do I report a known or suspected case of COVID19?
  • The UC Davis procedure is outlined in detail here: /coronavirus/reporting-concerns-confirmed-cases
  • Can I mix up my own cleaning solutions?
  • The initial shortage of cleaning products has eased; more are now available. See the FAQ above on purchasing cleaning solutions and try to go this route first.

    If you are not able to obtain commercial cleaning solutions, Supply Chain Management has a resource for this: . Just be sure not to mix incompatible chemicals!
  • Someone in my building (office, apartment) is sick, what should I do?
  • If you are concerned that someone you know has COVID-19 or has been exposed to it, please use the COVID-19 Reporting Process so we can take appropriate action.

    If you have had indirect or tertiary contact (i.e., contact with someone who came into contact with an infected person), we are following CDC guidelines which consider this a low-risk scenario, not requiring any restrictions or self-isolation. We understand this can feel very scary and encourage managers and supervisors to help employees become informed and take precautions.
  • What should I do if I (or one of my colleagues) feels sick?
  • Employees who are sick should follow CDC guidance and stay home and not go into crowded public places or visit people in hospitals. All employees should stay home if they are sick until at least 24 hours after their fever (temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) and symptoms have resolved without the aid of cough suppressant, fever reducers, or other symptom-reducing medications.

    In cases where there is uncertainty, the campus occupational health clinic may be able to provide a fitness-for-duty evaluation in cases. Or, if the employee is a student, the student health clinic will assist. Please contact the clinic before sending an employee:

    Davis Campus – Occupational Health Medical Clinic
    UC Davis Health – Employee Health Services
    Student Employees – Student Health and Wellness Center

    If occupational health is not available, managers can encourage employees to see their personal doctor for evaluation.
  • What if I need a space disinfected or cleaned?
  • Custodial services strives to provide a clean, safe and healthy environment for the UC Davis campus. Learn more about the services they offer here:

  • Can workers share a vehicle, since this makes social distancing impossible?
  • There is no prohibition on sharing vehicles. To the extent possible, occupancy should be limited to one person per vehicle: personal distancing is the top control for mitigating risk. If that is not possible, all occupants should a) diligently wear face coverings and b) keep the windows down (if temperature allows)

  • Please explain the COVID-19 reporting process
  • You may use the COVID-19 Reporting Process, which does the following:

    > Engages the UC Davis Student Health Clinic, Occupational Health Services and the Privacy Officer to review the medical circumstances surrounding potential issues.
    > Coordinates with medical and administrative staff to provide medical guidance to the affected individual, ascertain risk to the campus, while continuing to balance the need for privacy. The primary concern is the overall safety of the campus.

    Our review also evaluates proximity issues for individuals having close or even tertiary contact with known positive cases. In most of these circumstances with asymptomatic individuals, the risk to campus is very low. Most times, no further action is necessary aside from providing the guidance on monitoring for new symptoms.

    In any case, we welcome you to use the reporting process described above in an effort to engage the review team and provide support for all affected parties.

  • How do I care for a sick person at home?
  • If you are sick and are caring for yourself at home, please take the following steps and Call 911 if you have a medical emergency.

    Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

    Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated.

    Monitor your symptoms. Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention. If you have any of the emergency warning signs for COVID-19 listed above, get medical attention immediately.

    Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency. If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

    Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

    As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.

    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

    Throw away used tissues in a lined trash can.

    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

    Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.

    Wash these items thoroughly after using them with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.

    Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom. High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables

    If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom

    Use household cleaners and disinfectants. Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product. Complete disinfection guidance for households can be found here:

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.