COVID-19 Information

If you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, you should manage your isolation and care individually by referring to the information on this website. Medical questions, including questions about your symptoms, should be directed to your primary health care provider. 

If you develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should mask and test as soon as possible with a rapid antigen test (RA test). 

COVID-19 symptoms range from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Possible symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Fever or chills  
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, take the following steps:

  • Immediately mask and isolate from others. 
  • Do not go to classes or work.
  • Get Tested as soon as possible with a RA test. Follow the guidance in the Information about COVID-19 Testing section. 
  • If you have already tested positive for COVID-19, follow the guidance in the What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 guidance.  

Most cases of COVID-19 are mild, but you need to take symptoms seriously. You may use Tylenol or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for fever or body aches. If you develop worrisome new symptoms or your symptoms are getting worse, call your primary care provider. Students should call Student Health: 203-432-0312. After hours call Acute Care: 203-432-0123.

Call 911 immediately if you develop:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
  • New confusion or inability to arouse or stay awake.
  • Bluish lips or face. 
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.

Additional information about treatment options for COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.

Anyone who develops symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should mask and test as soon as possible with a rapid antigen test (RA Test).  

The university has free RA tests available to faculty, staff, and students. Individuals may pick up tests by showing a valid Yale ID at one of several locations on campus, including at each residential college. RA tests are also available for purchase at most pharmacies.

If the result of the RA test is negative, individuals should remain masked and repeat a RA test in 48 hours. A single negative RA test does not rule out infection. A third RA test may be needed 48 hours later if symptoms persist.

Symptomatic individuals should remain masked and not go to work or class until 2 negative RA tests 48 hours apart. If at any time symptoms are worsening or severe, contact your healthcare provider.

Testing as soon as possible ensures timely access to effective COVID-19 treatments for those who test positive and are eligible.

Additional COVID-19 Testing Information

 

General Instructions for Everyone 

Calculating Isolation Times After Testing Positive

If you have or develop symptoms after testing positive:  

  • Day 0 is the day that you first developed any symptoms of COVID-19.   The next full day is day 1 and so on. You should continue to isolate through day 5* and can end isolation and return to work/class on day 6* as long as your symptoms are improving AND you no longer have a fever (without the use of medication). 
  • Continue to wear a mask through day 10.

If you do not have symptoms after testing positive:  

  • Day 0 is the day that you tested positive for COVID-19. The next full day is day 1 and so on. You should continue to isolate through day 5* and can end isolation and return to work/class on day 6* as long as you do not develop any symptoms. 
  • If you develop symptoms during your isolation period, your isolation time period resets, and you should follow the isolation period for symptoms above. 
  • Continue to wear a mask through day 10.

*Health care workers and students in clinical setting should isolate through day 7 and return to work/class on day 8 as long as symptoms are improving or no new symptoms develop in alignment with CDC guidelines.

What to Do if You Feel Sick or Have Symptoms

Monitor your symptoms. You may use Tylenol or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for fever or body aches. If you develop worrisome new symptoms or your symptoms are getting worse, call your primary care provider. Students should call Student Health: 203-432-0312. 

Call 911 Immediately if You Develop:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
  • New confusion or inability to arouse or stay awake.
  • Bluish lips or face. 
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.

Additional Information for Undergraduate Students Living On-campus

Isolation

  • Isolate in your room.
  • Obtain an Isolation Kit from your residential college. The kit contains information and supplies to use while isolating including masks. 

Meals/Dining

  • Go to your residential college dining hall during open hours. Ask the dining staff for a to-go container and disposable cutlery. Make your selections, tap for your meal, and return to your room or suite to eat.  Remember to wear a mask.
  • If you are unwell and not able to walk down to the dining hall, please ask a friend pick up a meal for you, or contact your college office for assistance. 
  • Yale Dining will continue to provide customized meal options for those with specific dietary needs on a one-on-one basis. Students should reach out directly to their Dining Hall Manager with any concerns. 

Ending Isolation

You must isolate for at least 5 days (7 days for health care workers and students working in clinical settings). If you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms have improved, you may return to work/class on day 6 (day 8 for health care workers and students working in clinical settings) but must continue to mask until day 10. Follow ending isolation guidance provided by the CDC.

Learn More About

 

 

Academics and Instruction - Students

  • Consult your course syllabus or contact your instructors for the make-up policy for illness and other excused absences. 
  • It is your choice whether or not you inform your instructor of your COVID status.
  • Reach out to your dean to discuss any personal or academic concerns.
  • It is your responsibility to inform your close contacts

Academics and Instruction – Faculty and Instructors

  • Faculty and instructors are encouraged to be as accommodating as possible—to the extent pedagogically and practically feasible—with students who are required to miss class because they are experiencing cold symptoms or are in isolation. 
  • While faculty and instructors may make short-term individual arrangements for remote instruction for students who are isolating, they may not approve such arrangements for a period of more than two weeks.
  • Longer term absences must be approved by the student’s dean or the dean’s designee. Deans or their designees have the agency to determine reasonable school- or unit-specific arrangements.
  • If a student tests positive and discloses their status to the instructor, Instructors may not notify others in the classroom. They may discuss whether there is a need for classroom close contact notification with the student. The instructor may assist with that notification only with the student’s explicit consent.

Some people who are immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system) are more likely to get sick with COVID-19 or be sick for a longer period. People can be immunocompromised either because of a medical condition or because they receive immunosuppressive medications or treatments. You should discuss your individual circumstances with your clinician.  Students who wish to request a disability-related accommodation may reach out to Student Accessibility Services for more information. Faculty and staff may contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Accessibility.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance for people who are immunocompromised or have certain medical conditions

A close contact is considered an individual within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period masked or unmasked.

All household contacts, including roommates or suitemates are close contacts due to shared living spaces. 

As a close contact, you should observe a period of monitoring and testing. Note that you are not isolating and may attend classes and go to work masked as long as you do not have symptoms. 

General close contact guidance is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Additional Information for Roommates of Undergraduate Students Living On-campus

If you are an undergraduate student living on campus and you share a bedroom with a student that is isolating in place, you have the option to stay where you are, stay with a friend, or to be moved to temporary housing.

If you chose to remain where you are, you should:

  • Wear a mask any time you are around your roommate and others, except while sleeping.
  • Minimize the time that you spend in the bedroom.
  • Consider sleeping in the common room during your roommate’s isolation period, if feasible.
  • If sharing a bedroom, arrange beds to give as much space as possible between them.
  • Follow the close contact guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To arrange for temporary housing, please contact the Housing Services Office at 203-432-4020 or housingservicesoffice@yale.edu between 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.  Keep in mind that you are NOT isolating. You may come and go from these accommodations as you please.  

It is important to plan carefully for any travel.  Some international travel restrictions are still in place, and these vary by country. Some countries impose requirements for entry or departure. Check the International SOS COVID Trip Planner for current restrictions in any country. International travelers should register travel plans using Yale’s registry ISOS Travel Tracker to speed contact in the event of an emergency.

Helpful resources may be found at the links below.

Updated 2/23/24

Vaccination is the cornerstone of Yale’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic and remains a potent tool in protecting us from severe illness and decreasing the risk of viral transmission. The university therefore strongly encourages all students, faculty, staff, postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees, and visitors to receive all COVID-19 vaccinations that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for which they are eligible. 

 Vaccination requirements remain in place for healthcare workers and health profession students, including faculty, staff, and students working in settings where patient care is provided, and those who work with human research subjects in clinical settings. Faculty and staff who are healthcare workers must submit documentation of vaccination with a primary series and one booster (or, for those who have not yet received a primary series, one dose of vaccine administered after 09/02/2022) to the university or seek approval for medical or religious exemptions.  

 Students who are health profession students are expected to be up to date with the COVID vaccine available at the time of matriculation as outlined in health requirements at the time of admission to the university or seek approval for medical or religious exemptions

Free COVID vaccination is available to all faculty, staff, and students through the Yale Vaccine Program from September through February.  See the “How to get a COVID vaccine” section for guidance on how to obtain a vaccine outside of this timeframe.   

This policy is subject to change based upon changes in public health conditions and/or guidance. 

The Yale Vaccine Program provides the updated COVID-19 vaccine between September and February every year. 

Outside of the Yale Vaccine Program, the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available through your health insurance, usually at no cost to you. 

  • Yale Health members may contact the Immunization Department or schedule directly through MyChart. 
  • Employees with Aetna insurance may seek vaccination through the Aetna network. To find a participating pharmacy, please visit the Aetna website and click “Find a Pharmacy” on the homepage in the “Find Care & Pricing” section.
  • Those with other insurance should speak with their healthcare provider or search vaccines.gov to find a COVID vaccine.  

 

Pick up free rapid antigen tests

All faculty, staff, and students with a valid Yale ID can pick up a maximum of two rapid antigen test kits at a time.

Rapid Antigen Test Pick up Locations