by Pedro Morales · April 14, 2020

Temoc with cloth face covering

Recent studies on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have found that a significant portion of individuals infected with COVID-19 lack symptoms and can transmit the virus to others simply by speaking, coughing, or sneezing. Even individuals who eventually develop symptoms can unknowingly transmit the virus before symptoms appear.

In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms. A cloth face covering should be worn whenever people are in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people.

Many UT Dallas employees must remain on campus in order to continue fulfilling essential functions, such as providing dining services to the students remaining in University Housing. In response to the face mask shortage, volunteers across campus have launched the “Make a Mask” project. The project aims to provide two reusable, washable face covers to employees who are regularly on campus for their job duties.

UT Dallas is committed to supporting national and local efforts to minimize widespread illness in our community. To minimize the spread of COVID-19, students, faculty and staff should follow the guidelines established by the CDC.

To request a cloth face covering, visit the cloth face covering distribution page.