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.
- Stay in your room, suite or apartment as directed. You may 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 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.
- Wear a mask or face covering in common areas. 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.
- During quarantine, meals will be delivered to undergraduate students living on campus. Graduate and professional school students are encouraged to arrange no contact food delivery services to their residence to minimize grocery shopping outings.
- 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.
You may go out only for scheduled testing, health appointments, to pick up prescriptions or for limited walks outside on the grounds of the residential college or graduate housing where you live.
Remember to always:
- Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose when leaving your room, suite or apartment for any reason.
- You may take a walk alone, outside on the grounds of the residential college or graduate housing where you live. Outdoor walks should not exceed 15 minutes. Vigorous exercise that promotes increased breathing should only be performed only in your room.
- 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 may only go to the testing or medical facility or your residence. Do not enter any common areas in the residence, including the dining hall; outside buildings (shops, restaurants, bars, gyms etc). Do not use public transportation, ride share services, taxis or the Yale Shuttle. Graduate students may shop for groceries if needed.
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 or need medical assistance while in quarantine, call the Campus COVID Resource Line at 203-432-6604.
Many support services are available to you
You will receive daily check in surveys from Yale Health nurses to report any symptoms or concerns. 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 check in with you and also let you know when your quarantine period has ended and you can resume normal activities.
Campus COVID Resource Line: 203-432-6604
Mental Health and Counseling: 203-432-0290
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