COVID-19 is a contagious illness caused by the Sars-CoV-2 virus. This virus is passed mainly from person to person typically through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking. The primary symptoms may include dry cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell and sore throat. You could have other symptoms in addition to the ones listed above, congestion or runny nose, fever/chills, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
All campus community members need to actively monitor their own health each day and seek medical evaluation and treatment if they have any symptoms affiliated with COVID-19.
What should I do if I have been in close contact with someone positive for COVID-19 or with someone suspected to have COVID-19?
You should quarantine yourself for 14 days. If you are a resident student, you will quarantine in your room on campus or, if possible, return to your home to quarantine. If you are a commuter student, you will quarantine at home. Quarantine means you need to stay in your room, leaving only to use the restroom and under strict health protocols, such as wearing a mask and social distancing. If at all possible, you should not leave your room.
Learn more about the difference between quarantine and isolation below.
According to the CDC, quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. Resident students in quarantine should stay in their rooms. Commuter students need to separate themselves from others within their homes. All need to monitor their health and follow directions from their local health department.
Who needs to quarantine? Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
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According to the CDC, isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.
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When can I return to school after being in isolation?
The campus nurse hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. If you need to make an appointment to see the nurse, please call 314-889-4784 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the current pandemic, there will be no walk-in visits. After hours, resident students should contact Fontbonne Public Safety at 314-889-4596.