By Marissa Yefsky
Now that we’re back on campus, it’s easy to fall back into old habits and go to a party or meet up with your friends at a bar. Because of this, a lot of students are testing positive for COVID-19. To help, I’ve written out a condensed guide on what to do if you get the virus.
- Stock up on the essentials.
Since COVID-19 has swept the states, many Americans have been stocking up on essentials in case they test positive for the virus. No matter where you live, there are a few essentials you need to have: toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, soap, non-perishables, and water. While it’s important to social distance, it’s also important to be prepared in case you contract COVID-19.
2. Try not to panic.
When you first receive the news that you’re positive for the virus, it’s understandable to be upset. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about it; however, it’s crucial you immediately isolate and wait for instructions from the university on how to proceed.
3. Contact people.
After testing positive, you should inform anyone you’ve been in recent contact with so they can get tested and quarantine immediately. Email your professors and TAs so they are informed and can ensure you’re up to date if you can’t attend an in-person class. In addition to professors, you should contact your employer as soon as possible so they can make any necessary adjustments.
4. Follow university procedures.
The University of Illinois is doing a great job with keeping students safe and healthy on campus, but this means they’re also being quite stern with their policies. If you’re a freshman living in a dorm on campus, you will have to either go home or to an isolated location on campus where you can stay for the length of your quarantine. However, if you live an apartment or a house, you should remain in your assigned room and bathroom and discuss with your roommates about using other areas in your shared living space.
5. Talk to your friends and neighbors.
If you’re comfortable, you should reach out to your neighbors and friends to ask if they could bring you anything you may need. Whether it be groceries, Advil, or a movie, each person has a different experience with the virus, so it can be difficult to know in advance what you may need. On the flip side, if you have a friend on campus you know has tested positive for COVID-19, you should reach out and ask if you can do anything for them.
6. Social distance.
After you’ve completed your quarantine period and have been given permission to re-enter buildings on campus, you should continue to practice social distancing. Even if you have the antibodies, remain vigilant about wearing a mask and washing your hands. It can be easy to want to get back to your life and see everyone you missed while in quarantine, but it’s important to remember that it can be easily spread and there are people on campus who are at a high risk.