Health & Safety

Prevention & Care

Vaccination remains the number one way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19. All members of the Cornell community are asked to:

  • Respect the decision of others who choose to wear a mask.
  • Practice physical distancing and minimize close contact with others, especially indoors with people who are sick, if possible.
  • Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if washing is not an option.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others when you are sick; call ahead before seeking medical care at Cornell Health or elsewhere.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

What should I do if I’m feeling ill?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, please do the following:

  • Ithaca and Geneva campus students, faculty and staff experiencing mild to moderate symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 can pick up an antigen test kit. Students with severe symptoms should contact Cornell Health at 607-255-5155 (24/7) for consultation, and faculty and staff should consult with their primary care physician.
  • Cornell Tech students may call Weill Cornell Medicine at 646-962-7300 and identify yourself as a Cornell Tech student. The call center staff will schedule a virtual appointment for you with a doctor, which will be conducted on the Weill Cornell Medicine portal app via video phone conference.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with someone who has recently tested positive, please self-monitor for symptoms and get tested.

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