Fact Sheet for Faculty and Staff: What to Do While In Quarantine

You have received guidance to quarantine for 14 days because of being in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or because you have returned from travel to a location with high rates of COVID-19. 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.

While quarantining

  • 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 for this 14-day 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.
  • Have food and groceries or other supplies delivered through a no contact method.

You should go out only for health appointments or for limited walks/runs outside. Remember to always:

  • Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose when leaving your home for any reason.
  • You may take a walk or run alone, outside. 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 medical facilities or your residence. Do not enter any other buildings (shops, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, gyms, etc). Do not use public transportation, ride share services, taxis or the Yale Shuttle.

What to watch for

Symptoms related to COVID-19 include:

  • Fever greater than 99.9F or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose

If you develop any of these symptoms 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.

  • Campus COVID Resource Line: 203-432-6604
  • Employee Assistance Program for counseling and support services: 800-327-9240
  • 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.