Hearing that you need to quarantine can be unsettling, but the goal is to keep you healthy while also protecting others from being exposed to illness. Your health and well-being is important to us, and we are here to support you as you navigate this uncertain time. Quarantine is required for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people who have been identified as close contacts of a positive case.
- Stay in your home as directed, preferably in a separate room. You should not have visitors and should avoid close contact with others. Do not go in person to work, class or lab and do not participate in any in person campus activities or other community events during the quarantine period.
- Monitor your health. Take your temperature twice a day and call the Campus COVID Resource Line (203-432-6604) if you have a temperature of 99.9 F or higher or develop any of the symptoms listed below.
- If you live with family or have roommates, wear a mask or face covering in the common areas of your home. Practice physical distancing (at least 6 feet or 2 meters) from others.
- Do not share items with others, like dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, etc.
- Do not shake hands, hug, kiss or engage in other physical contact.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- People in quarantine can utilize a shared bathroom one at a time or respecting physical distancing guidelines, wearing a mask and cleaning after use.
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces daily, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
- If you have a meal plan, you may go to the dining hall to pick up to-go food.
You should go out only for scheduled testing, health appointments, to pick up prescriptions or meals.
Remember to always
- Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose when leaving your home for any reason. If you are picking up food, wait until you are home to eat it.
- You may go outside on or around the grounds of your residence.
- You must practice physical distancing (at least 6 feet or 2 meters) from others and always wear a mask covering your mouth and nose.
- You should only go to the testing or medical facility, to shop for groceries, or your residence. Do not enter any other buildings (shops, restaurants, bars, gyms etc). Do not use public transportation, ride share services, taxis or the Yale Shuttle.
- Consider having groceries or other supplies delivered through a no contact method.
What to watch for
Symptoms related to COVID-19 include:
- Fever greater than 99.9F or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
If you develop any of these symptoms, schedule a symptomatic test through the testing portal. If you have questions or need medical assistance while in quarantine, call the Campus COVID Resource Line at 203-432-6604.
Many support services are available to you
The Yale Health team is available 24/7 to help and offering you the opportunity to have any questions answered. The University Contact Tracing Team will contact you at the end of your quarantine period to let you know that you can resume normal activities.
Up-to-date university guidance and information about COVID-19: covid19.yale.edu
Ways to stay active and connected
Quarantining can be a difficult time and you may find yourself worrying about whether you may become sick. Try to keep yourself and your mind busy, and stay connected with people who can support you.
- Talk with your family and/or friends. Sometimes listening to someone else talk about their day or having the opportunity to vent can keep us from getting caught in our own heads.
- Open your window and get some fresh air. This can help you from feeling cooped up or your room feeling “stuffy”.
- Read. Whether it is for pleasure or for an assignment, reading can be a great escape from reality for a while. Even better if you can take a break from screens and read a print-book.
- Get moving. If you feel well enough, do some stretches, march around your room, do some “bodyweight only” exercises or jumping Anything to get your blood pumping.
- Eat well and hydrate. When we are out of our routines, we can forget to take care of our basic needs, like eating meals and staying hydrated.
- Listen to music or guided meditations. Relax and listen to calming music or follow a guided meditation. You can explore many free mindfulness and meditation resources at yalehealth.yale.edu/mindfulness-meditation-yale.
- Take a break from the news. If reading news articles or staying up-to-date on alerts about COVID-19 is making you anxious, take a break.
- Enjoy virtual Yale.
- Visit the Peabody museum from your room, suite or apartment or listen to a performance from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music or experience the Beinecke’s digital collections.
- Library’s streaming video collection: https://guides.library.yale.edu/streamingvideo
- Library’s collection of popular e-book and audio book titles: https://yaleuct.libraryreserve.com/10/50/en/Default.htm
- Yale University Art Gallery’s podcasts: https://soundcloud.com/yaleartgallery
Yale University Art Gallery’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/yaleartgallery