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Please check the UT Knoxville site for student information.

International and domestic travel is discussed on the UT Knoxville website. Go to the FAQs and scroll through the responses. Both international and domestic travel issues are addressed.

This situation is constantly evolving, but as of now, student workers who are asymptomatic may continue to work on campus. However, social distancing should be practiced and if the student’s work can be completed remotely, enabling this option is encouraged. Additional information will be shared as guidance is updated.

Please see the resources we have provided on the website under “Graphics for office and site use.” The graphic “Common Sense Steps for Preventing Disease” addresses this question. You may also visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov for additional resources.

Thank you for your question, but we cannot assess your risk. Please review the guidelines on set forth by the CDC, and if you are still concerned, consult your physician or your county health department.

There’s no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread via fruits and vegetables, and washing fruits and vegetables with soap, detergent, or commercial produce wash is not recommended for consumers at home. Here is the current advice for washing fruits and vegetables in general:
• Wash or scrub fruits and vegetables under running water—even if you do not plan to eat the peel. Germs on the peeling or skin can get inside fruits and vegetables when you cut them.
• Cut away any damaged or bruised areas before preparing or eating.
• Dry fruit or vegetables with a clean paper towel.
Also, at this point, there is no reason to believe that COVID-19 can withstand cooking temperatures. So, cooking some vegetables and fruit is an option.
Here is a link to a UT Extension fact sheet that may be helpful.

Answers supplied by Janie Burney, UT Family and Consumer Sciences, Annette Wszelaki, UT Plant Sciences

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