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What to do if you are sick or exposed

  • Fever 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
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The CDC updates the list of COVID-19 symptoms regularly. Check the latest ➔

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. 

Read about the similarities and differences between the flu and COVID-19, according to the CDC ➔

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.

See the CDC’s detailed definition of a close contact ➔

Understanding Gordon's stages for students ➔

Resources for Students

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.

  • Need support? Contact Student Life at 978-867-4263 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and the RD-on-call at 978-500-7259 all other times. Staff is available to answer question and help with delivery of basic items like toiletries and books. 
  • Meals can be ordered online at https://gordon.cafebonappetit.com/#get-well-meals and are delivered directly to students’ rooms for the duration of quarantine or isolation. Whenever possible, order 12 hours in advance of the delivery time.
  • Contact Student Life (978-867-4263 or ) to request delivery of mail and packages.
  • CTS () is available to help with technology and remote learning needs as you continue learning and staying connected with faculty during quarantine and isolation.