COVID-19 Resources for the Community

What's Happening in the Community?

I'm Sick. What Should I Do?

  • Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. 
  • Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with public health officials to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
  • If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, follow the updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What's Happening on Campus?

COVID-19 precautionary measures are being taken: 

PREVENTIVE MEASURES

People at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 should follow the latest recommendations from the CDC. Everyone should follow these preventive measures:

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Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

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Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm or elbow, or cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

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Stay home when you are sick, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

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Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Recent COVID-19 Related News

What Columbia Experts Are Saying

A woman uses hand sanitizer at Los Angeles International Airport, March 12, 2020, one day before a US flight travel ban hits 26 European countries amid ongoing precautions over the Coronavirus.A woman uses hand sanitizer at Los Angeles International Airport, March 12, 2020, one day before a US flight travel ban hits 26 European countries amid ongoing precautions over the Coronavirus. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images
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ABC News: Social Distancing Is Key to Stopping Coronavirus

Priya Amin, a Columbia master’s degree candidate writes about measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus in this ABC News article.

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Check the News Only Once Per Day

Clinical psychologist Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D. recommends on ABC News that you take the coronavirus alert off your smartphone and set a time to check the news only once daily. 

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The Coronavirus Could Change the Way We Take the Census

Public affairs professor Kenneth Prewitt, who was director of the Census Bureau from 1998 to 2001, writes in The New York Times on how records from government agencies could be used to get an accurate count without knocking on doors.