What do I do if...?
Is it allergies or COVID-19? COVID-19 symptoms can appear similar to symptoms for the common cold, the flu and seasonal allergies. You typically know what is baseline for you. If you have allergies and you feel better after taking allergy medication, that is probably a safe bet. If you have other sickness but know it is normal for you based on past history and have already worked with your doctor (for employees) or Health Center (for students) in the past, you probably can rule out COVID-19. However, if you have any concerning symptoms—even mild—it is best to talk with your doctor (for employees) or Health Center (for students), given the close in-person working and living environment on campus. If a healthcare professional suggests you get tested, you should follow the flowchart protocols above to be safe.
The CDC defines a “close contact” as being within six feet or less of someone with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more (cumulative) over a 24-hour period, with or without a mask. This exposure has to be within two days of the infected person either experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or having a test completed. If you are considered a “close contact,” you must follow the steps above.
Our goal is for as few students as possible to be placed in quarantine or isolation. But if and when they are, Gordon has several resources in place to ensure they’re supported, fed and cared for.