Isolation and Quarantine to Prevent Transmission
All students, faculty and staff must take responsibility for their own health and the health of others by practicing self isolation if exhibiting symptoms of flu or novel coronavirus. Accordingly, anyone with common symptoms for COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, body aches) should self-isolate from the onset of symptoms until:
- they have no fever for at least 72 hours without use of fever-reducing medication;
- other symptoms, such as cough or shortness of breath, are improving ;
- and at least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
This is updated from previous guidance on when to self-isolate, which had been recommended only for individuals with specific combinations of symptoms and/or travel histories.
For anyone who experiences symptoms they cannot manage on their own, guidance is to contact a health care provider by telephone. Faculty and staff should contact their primary health care provider. Students should call Health Services (401-863-3953), which has implemented a robust phone triage system and will use that to consult with students in lieu of in-person visits. Students who have severe shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, inability to eat or drink, extreme dizziness, or other symptoms indicating the need for emergency care should contact the Department of Public Safety (401-863-4111) on campus or call 911 off campus.
In addition, any Brown community member who is not experiencing symptoms but has traveled internationally (see Travel Restrictions) for 14 days before returning to campus.
And anyone who has had close contact with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 must self-monitor for symptoms and consult with Health Services (students) or a local provider (faculty and staff) before returning to campus.