COVID in a Nutshell: Prevention 101

October 28, 2020

CDC: Prevent Getting Sick

covid nutshellKnow more about:

  • How Coronavirus Spreads
  • How to Protect Yourself
  • Masks
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home
  • Social Distancing
  • Wearing Gloves
  • Household Checklist
  • Living in Close Quarters
  • Living in Shared Housing
  • Quarantine If You Think You've Been Exposed



NPR Podcast - Aerosol Transmission

NPR PodcastWhy These Tiny Particles Are a Big Deal

For much of the pandemic, some scientists had been pushing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recognize that the coronavirus is spread through aerosols--very small particles that can linger in the air. The CDC did that this month, so NPR brought Senior Science Correspondent Maria Godoy onto the show to explain the distinction, and the implications for staying safe during the pandemic.

Update on COVID-19 Prevention Efforts at UNM

Office of the Provost: Academic Dispatch (10/23/20)      

COVID ResourcesHighlights

  • SARS-CoV-2 Testing & Resources for UNM Students
  • Resources for Employees
  • Contact Tracing
  • How Is it all Working?

Masks 101

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 Face Mask Required

Impacts of COVID

Governor, State Officials Detail Crackdown on COVID-19

Public Health Order Update

Governor GuidelinesHighlights

  • New Mexicans should stay home except for outings essential to health, safety & welfare to slow spread of COVID-19.
  • Hotspot businesses to be temporarily closed.
  • Retail establishments close by 10 p.m.
  • Businesses that incur 4 rapid responses over a 2-week period will be required to close for 2 weeks.
  • Restaurants that continue limited indoor dining require customers to list contact info to assist in contact-tracing efforts.

ABQ Revving up Health Mandates as COVID Cases Climb

KOAT Action 7 News Article - 10/21/20

Mayor GuidelinesHighlights

  • City staffers, along with police, firefighters & state police, will be looking for people who aren't wearing masks. They'll also be checking occupancy rates of businesses.
  • They will not be going after people who are out walking their dogs alone but will be looking at big box stores and big chain restaurants.
  • Another group they'll fine -- partygoers.
  • They will also be looking at big groups of people at city parks who are taking part in group sports and not wearing masks.

NM Environment Department


Any organization with two or more rapid responses conducted by the New Mexico Environment Department in the last 14 calendar days is included on the Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist.

COVID Data Input

SHAC Instagram Post

COVID Stats in NM

For more information, see NM Department of Health Public Dashboard.

Vote Safely

Vote SafelyCheck out Healthy Voting at to find healthy, secure, and safe ways to cast your ballot this year.

Healthy voting practices protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community from the spread of COVID-19.

Halloween Safety 2020

Halloween 13 Days has 13 ideas on how to enjoy Halloween safely, at home, with your family.

Choose your favorite activity, then post it on There will be virtual costume contests and winners will be announced on October 31st.



Daily Life & COVID How To's

How to Handle Peer Pressure During COVID-19

@covid19studentsupport on Instagram

 peer pressure

Visit the COVID-19 Student Support Instagram page for more information.

Daily Life With COVID-19

CDC: Personal & Social Activities

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Student to Student

Enduring the Crisis Together

By Chris Naranjo, SHAC Health Promotion            

Chris NaranjoI’m finally recovering from COVID, and I am so thankful that it’s over. When I first got diagnosed I was literally terrified, since I have asthma and some other underlying health conditions I lowkey was thinking to myself “what if I die," now I know that is far-fetched.

To hear more about how it was for me and what my housemates went through, tune into our HonesTea with SHAC HP podcast later this week! I truly hope everyone is still taking the precautions necessary, now that I’ve had it and I know what it’s like, I know my grandma couldn’t survive this. Don’t get me wrong, I hate being stuck at home just as much as the next person but please just protect those that are at risk, because truly I know that would be devastating.

That being said, please stay safe and take as much precaution as possible, If not for you then do it for them. As always friends stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind to one another.  

—Chris from SHAC 

Message from Your Lobo Prevention Pack

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  • Completing Your Daily Screening
  • Looking at the Data
  • Going Out While Staying in with Friends
  • Staying Up to Date with State Guidelines

Flu Shot Options & Information

Getting your flu vaccine this year is more important than ever. Help reduce the burden on our healthcare system, which could be overwhelmed treating both flu and COVID-19 patients, by getting your flu shot.