Tips for Staying Healthy this Fall and Winter

October 24, 2022

Dear UAlbany community:
It’s that time of the year again when we all start to spend more time indoors. This means that the viruses that cause the common cold and influenza (flu), as well as COVID-19, will be able to spread more easily. The CDC recently reported early increases in seasonal influenza activity in most of the United States. In addition, Albany and Rensselaer counties are both currently designated as areas of high transmission for COVID-19.

We have learned much during the past winters of the pandemic about how to reduce the spread of viruses, especially airborne viruses, even when you have no symptoms of illness. Including:

  • Practice good hand hygiene.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

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

  • Consider wearing a mask, especially if you have the slightest signs of sniffles or other cold symptoms.

  • Get vaccinated against seasonal flu as well as vaccinated/boosted against COVID-19. Vaccines are available at many local pharmacies. Students and employees can also attend one of the flu vaccine clinics on campus. 

And last, but certainly not least, if you are experiencing any symptoms of a cold, the flu or COVID-19:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others to the extent possible.

  • Wear a surgical mask or KN95 mask to minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others.

  • Follow the New York State Department of Health's guidance on testing and isolation and seek healthcare advice about treatment.

  • Notify the University, as required by current University COVID-19 protocols. 

Best wishes for a healthy fall and winter season!

Rebecca Kobos, MD
Medical Director, Student Health Services 

Gary Evans
Chief Human Resources Officer