FAQ: Health, Wellness and Prevention
If you have a fever, do not attend class or come to work. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please seek medical attention right away. Call your healthcare provider first to alert them of your recent travel history and/or symptoms. If you’re a student, you can make an appointment at Student Health; just call ahead at 631-632-6740 so they’re ready for you.
Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, 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 from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your healthcare professional will work with New York State DOH and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
If you’re a student, you can call Student Health at 631-632-6740 or your healthcare provider.
The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home while you’re sick and limit close contact with others
- Cover up your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- Keep things clean in your living space to avoid spreading the virus
According to the CDC, they do not have information from published scientific reports about susceptibility of pregnant women to COVID-19. Pregnant women experience immunologic and physiologic changes which might make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. Pregnant women should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection such as washing hands frequently as well as the recommendations on prevention of spread of virus.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. Some important facts to remember are:
- Avoid close contact with people who are visibly sick
- Take everyday preventive actions such as washing your hands
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
- Make sure your medications and medical supplies are up to date and you have enough supply in case you need to remain home for a period of time.
- Avoid all non-essential travel
- If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people when out in the community to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.
Masks are worn to help prevent the spreading of germs to other people when you are not feeling well. A properly structured mask worn appropriately prevents the droplets from being passed into the air when you cough or sneeze. Student Health recommends that only students who are ill wear these masks to prevent transmitting a disease such as the flu. If you feel ill and would like to make an appointment, please reach out to Student Health Services at (631) 632-6740.
According to the CDC, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Resident students can continue to live in the residence halls, and will be provided all services as usual, but may choose to return home early given the flexibility offered via online and alternative instruction modes. Since Spring Break begins on March 14, now is a good opportunity for students to move their belongings if they choose to leave the residence halls early. Please note that as this is a personal choice, students will continue to be financially responsible for all Spring 2020 housing charges.
All residence halls are cleaned thoroughly by our facilities team. Residents are strongly encouraged to maintain good personal hygiene through regular hand washing and ensuring their rooms are clean and disinfected. As an additional precaution, effective March 11, only resident students are permitted access to the residence halls; visitors (unless assisting with move-out) and overnight guests are not permitted until further notice.
Yes. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Student Health Services are open and available to see students. However, walk-ins are no longer available as of 3/23; you must make an appointment in order to see a counselor or a health professional.
To speak with or schedule an appointment with Student Health Services, call 631-632-6740 (option #1). For hours of operation, visit stonybrook.edu/shs. Starting 3/21, weekend appointments are available.
To speak with or schedule an appointment with Counseling and Psychological Services, call 631-632-6720. For hours of operation, visit stonybrook.edu/caps
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