ATLANTA—As we return to campus and spend more time indoors in closer quarters, Dr. Susan Whitmer, Medical Director of the Georgia State Student Health Clinic, says it’s important to remember key strategies to combat respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
“Make sure you’re up to date with your COVID vaccines, cover coughs and sneezes, use hand sanitizer and go outside for fresh air when possible,” Whitmer said. “If you begin having symptoms or were exposed to someone with COVID, get tested with the right test at the right time. If you have COVID, follow CDC guidelines for isolation and treatment. Make sure to get your flu shot and (Respiratory syncytial virus) RSV shot, too!”
If you feel ill, remain at home, notify your professors and follow the CDC guidelines. Students impacted by illness with extended absences should complete the Professor Absence Notification process through the Office of the Dean of Students.
Current CDC guidelines include a five-day isolation period for those with mild illness and a 10-day period for those who experience moderate symptoms, including shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Though masks are not required indoors on Georgia State campuses, there are free Panther masks available upon request at the Student Center Information Desk on the Atlanta Campus and Student Life offices on the Perimeter campuses.
Students who have any health concerns can contact the Student Health Clinic.