Preventing COVID-19

The CNM Community is encouraged to be informed about coronavirus (COVID-19). Preventative tips, self-quarantine guidelines, and general resources are provided for you.

If you exhibit symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), avoid contact with others and call the New Mexico Department of Health's (NMDOH) COVID-19 hotline at (855) 600-3453. You may also visit NMDOH's site (in English or en Español) for more information.

For CNM-specific information regarding COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Information Hub.

Originating in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization in February 2020, the novel coronavirus is part of a family of viruses that are common in people and animals.

COVID-19's disease presentation is similar to the flu: both cause respiratory illness, which can range from mild to severe. COVID-19 has presented as mild to moderate in most cases, with people recovering in a week or two; the risk of becoming severely ill increases with age and/or underlying health conditions.

CNM recommends you take this matter seriously, but do not panic. Though the risk of serious illness is low, we are obligated to help stop potential spread and acknowledge the members of our community who are at higher risk for illness. 

COVID-19 Preventative Tips

Following these simple tips will significantly reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19:

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom or blowing your nose.
  3. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or tissue and dispose of the tissue in trash. If you cough or sneeze into your hands, wash your hands immediately.
  4. Avoid contact with people who are sneezing, coughing or exhibit symptoms of respiratory illness and fever.
  5. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose.
  6. Get a flu shot if you have not already.
  7. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched with household cleaning sprays or wipes.
  8. Stay home if you are sick.

For further information on prevention, including specifics for higher risk populations, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Self-Quarantine Guidelines

Please follow these steps if you require self-quarantine:

  • Stay at your residence. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social or religious gatherings.
  • Limit contact as much as possible with other people. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs, after coughing, sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.  
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else.
  • Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate.
  • Keep your surroundings clean. While the virus does not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, clean surfaces that you share with others (doorknobs, countertops and bathroom areas etc.) with standard household disinfectant products. Wash your hands after cleaning these areas.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms at least daily, including measuring your temperature. Any symptoms of COVID-19 should be reported to your physician.  

Information on COVID-19

The CDC has published: