Self-Isolation Information

What Does it Mean to Self-Isolate?

Self-isolation is a voluntary agreement to remain at home and not to go to work or school, limit your movements outside and monitor your health for 14 days after returning from travel to a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning location.

Self-isolation guidelines:

  • Stay at home and do not go to class or participate in any campus activities. (The university will work with you to arrange for remote access to classes if appropriate.)
  • Do not go to work. Consider working remotely if that is an option until the monitoring period has ended.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel around the community and campus.
  • Avoid crowds, public events, meetings, social activities, or other group activities.
  • You may go shopping for food or take a walk outside.
  • Do not share utensils, toothbrushes, water bottles, pillows, and avoid shaking hands, kissing, hugging, or other intimate activities. Avoid close contact. (Close contact is defined as closer than a 6-foot distance between you and others.) If you have a roommate, keep the recommended distance apart.
  • If you must go to a medical appointment, call ahead and make arrangements.

How Do You Monitor Your Health?

  • You will be asked to monitor your temperature twice a day; ideally in the morning and again in the evening.
  • Yale Health can provide disposable thermometers for people who are self- isolating. Contact Yale Health at 203-584-3958 only if you have a temperature reading of 100.4 (F) or higher. Call us sooner if you have any symptoms at all such as cough, sore throat, fever, stuffy nose, or you feel sick.
  • A registered nurse will be available to speak with you directly when you call.

Important Notes:

  • Call Yale Health if you feel sick or if you have any symptoms.
  • You can reach Acute Care at all times at 203-432-0123.
  • Be sure to tell Yale Health staff that you have been in “self-isolation” at home and now feel sick.

If You Must Go Out for Essential Reasons:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Do not travel

When Can You Return to Work or School?

  • If you do not have any symptoms and feel healthy, it is generally safe to return to regular activities 14 days after your departure from China, South Korea, or other CDC Level 3 Travel Warning location.
  • Yale Health will advise you when it is safe to return to daily activities.