Carnegie Mellon University

Coronavirus and Your Health

Get tips for staying healthy and learn what to do should you feel ill.

Health Care Tips

  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for 20 seconds, and make sure you wash your thumbs, wrists and in-between your fingers. This is the best defense against the spread of all viruses.
  • Stay home when you are ill. Rest will assure quicker recovery and decrease the spread of infectious illness on campus.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your arm, and then promptly wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available.
  • Get plenty of rest/sleep.
  • Get the seasonal flu vaccine. Though not protective against coronavirus, the seasonal vaccine may prevent against flu, which is circulating on campus and is known to cause possible severe respiratory illness.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Every individual has an important role to play to protect from the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing is an evidence-based public health practice to mitigate the spread of viruses. We want to empower supervisors to use strategies that will keep our community safe. Here are some guidelines to follow:

Guidelines for Students

  • Practice good personal health by washing your hands often with soap and hot water for 20 seconds, and make sure you wash your thumbs, wrists and in-between your fingers. This is the best defense against the spread of all viruses. Learn more health care tips.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your arm, and then promptly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Keep six feet (2 meters) of distance between you and others; this may mean rearranging rooms to keep a safe distance.
  • Replace in-person meetings with remote options. If you must meet in person, hold meetings in larger rooms to allow greater spacing of participants.
  • Food needs to be individually wrapped and should not be openly shared (for example, foods like pizza, chips or dip).
  • Please keep your areas clean and free of clutter to allow for easier sanitizing and cleaning. This includes both residence, recreation and professional spaces.

Guidelines for the Workplace

  • Practice recommended health tips
  • Minimize the number of persons working within arm’s length of one another. Arrange work areas to create six feet of distance between people.
  • Replace in-person meetings with remote options. If you must meet in person, hold meetings in larger rooms to allow greater spacing of participants.
  • Minimize food service at meetings or gatherings.
  • Consider staggering work shifts start and end times to reduce the number of people coming together at the same time. Develop a method of coordinating shifts and times within work units if this plan is utilized.
  • Regularly clean. CMU's facilities team has significant increased cleaning frequencies for all buildings. In addition, we all should take responsibility for cleaning frequently touched surfaces. Areas such as doorknobs, tabletops, counters, phones, keyboards and fixtures should be disinfected several times throughout the day. If you see a space on campus that you feel needs cleaning, please contact Facilities Management and Campus Services at cleanit@andrew.cmu.edu.

See additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on preventing COVID-19 spread in communities.

Symptoms

Coronavirus Symptoms May Include

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider or call University Health Services at 412-268-2157 for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. For more information, visit CDC’s Coronavirus website.

Students with Symptoms

Any student with fever, cough, and shortness of breath should call University Health Services at 412-268-2157 immediately for a consultation and should self-isolate. 

Learn how to self-isolate 

Faculty & Staff with Symptoms

Any faculty or staff member with a fever, cough, and shortness of breath should contact their primary care provider immediately for a consultation and should self-isolate. 

Learn how to self-isolate 

Important Note

Anyone who is returning from areas declared high-risk by the Allegheny County Health Department will be required to follow CMU’s self-isolation guidelines. These areas include: 

Self-Isolation

How to Self-Isolate

  • Self-isolation means you should avoid contact with other people
  • If others are with you in self-isolation (e.g. family), stay at least 6-8 feet away from them
  • Do not attend worksites, laboratories, study groups, or other events and activities on- or off-campus
  • Self-isolation must last 14 days following departure from a high-risk area and until you are symptom-free. Once these criteria are met, continue to practice social distancing.

Students who are staying on campus

  • For students living in university housing and do not have other resources for support, the university will provide a space on-campus to self-isolate, and you will be supported by Student Affairs.
  • Any student who is impacted will be provided academic accommodations and support. The university will help identify options to support students living off-campus, where self-isolation is not possible. 

Faculty and staff members

  • Faculty or staff members who are subject to an associated self-isolation should contact their supervisors or department head.
  • For additional information and help, faculty, staff and supervisors may consult the Leaves Administrator in the Benefits Unit of the Office of Human Resources.

Reporting & Support for Self-Isolation

For any questions about the university’s expectations and to notify the university of your self-isolation (student, faculty or staff), please contact Maureen Dasey-Morales, associate vice president for community health and well-being. 

We ask that any university community member who is self-isolating notify the university so we can provide support during your time away from campus. Your personal information will be treated sensitively and with appropriate confidentiality.

Faculty and staff are asked to make appropriate accommodations for students' missed coursework, research time and student employment.

Visitors & Invited Guests

The university has cancelled all admission-related visits and group tours for the foreseeable future.

All faculty and staff interviews, and all Ph.D. visits must be conducted virtually. CMU strongly encourages faculty to consider postponing visitors coming to campus. 

Visitors coming to campus for collaboration and access to university resources should continue to use our collaborating visitors process. Visitors must abide by the social distancing practices and self-isolation restrictions.