Quarantine Tips

What It Means to Quarantine

CDC Definition: “Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. 

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. 
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.” 

    UConn asks healthy members of its community to quarantine as much as possible to minimize exposure to the virus.  Students in on-campus housing should adhere to the guidelines in their housing contract.   

    Quarantine at UConn means minimizing exposure to people outside the UConn community, while taking precautions of protecting yourself and others at all times.  This means staying on campus if you are a student living in a residence hall or minimizing your contact with non-UConn folks if you are a commuter student.  Be thoughtful about following recommended safe practices by wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently and maintaining 6-foot physical distancing to minimize possible of exposure of yourself and others to the virus.  Safe practices now will ensure that the campus can continue to offer in-person classes and that we will return to more normal activities more quickly.  Take care of yourself and take care of your community! 

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    The CDC recommends the following for quarantine:

    Stay home and monitor your health

    • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19 10
    • Watch for fever (100.4 degrees F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19 
    • If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 

    CDC Symptoms of COVID-19

    People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • 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 

    If You Suspect You Have COVID-19

    Stay home except to get medical care

    • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately 
    • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible 
    • Use a separate bathroom, if possible 
    • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets 
    • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils 
    • Wear a cloth face covering when around other people, if able 


      If you are a Storrs student, contact Student Health and Wellness, 
      rather than walking in without an appointment. Call 860-486-4700 and select option 1, then option 2.  

      The UConn Promise is one way to remind yourself of how members of our community, our “husky pack” watches out for one another.  Other ways to stay healthy as you practice self-quarantine are below. 

      Managing Self-Care

      • Develop a routine for yourself 
        • Wake up at the same time every day 
        • Make a schedule: structure your academic time, build in some outdoor time, stick to regular waking/sleeping time. 
      • Think positive 
        • Focus on what you can enjoy.  You can control your outlook, so don’t let the bad stuff shift your focus from the good.

      • Set small goals and reward yourself when you meet them.

      • Be technology-free.  Get off your phone and do something with your hands – a jigsaw puzzle, coloring book, craft project, build a birdhouse 
      • Need support? Reach out to your campus Mental Health Resources Center or Mental Health Services  

      Maintaining Your Physical Health

      • How Well Do Masks Work? (video)
      • Be vigilant in maintaining quarantine health (wash your hands with warm water for 20 seconds, wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose, remember to maintain 6 ft physical distancing)

      • Go outside every day to take in the fresh air – breathe, walk, run, meditate and enjoy the beauty of the world

      • Take care of yourself 
        • Eat meals with balanced nutrition, get plenty of sleep, develop a fitness routine, take study breaks, do activities you enjoy, try deep breathing exercises 

      Staying Connected

      • Check your student email regularly; this is how the University will communicate updates with you

      • You will feel better about yourself if you help others around you.  Send messages of support to your friends to help all of you stay calm and thinking positive

      • Connect with friends and family to maintain relationships through regular on-line contact

      • Stay informed about community pandemic conditions 
      • If you get together with a small group of friends, don’t forget to keep your facemask on and maintain physical distancing. Keep each other safe! 
      • Follow safe practices around the use of alcohol and other drugs, and around engaging in intimate relationships. 

      About Your Classes

      • Remember to wear your face mask, wash your hands before and after class, use hand sanitizer when you cannot wash, maintain physical distance from your instructor and fellow students, use cleaning supplies when available.

      • Monitor your own health and don’t go to class if you do not feel well.  
      • Notify your instructor if you will not be attending class and the reason why.