Tips on Staying Healthy and Well
- Download the COVID Alert NY app if you live in NYC area to get COVID-19 exposure alerts and help protect your community while maintaining your privacy.
- Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others in 2020.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wear a face covering when outside of your home.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds every time, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not touch your face unless you recently washed your hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.
- Do not shake hands. Instead, wave.
Be sure to also check out COVID-19 Public Health Protocols published by the Columbia University. For clinical questions, including symptoms, please call the Columbia Health hotline on 212-854-9355.
Social Distancing is an important part of keeping you healthy and slows the spread of the virus. Here are some tips for practicing social distancing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
When going out in public, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from other people and wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of COVID-19. Consider the following tips for practicing social distancing when you decide to go out.
- Know Before You Go: Before going out, know and follow the guidance from local public health authorities where you live.
- Prepare for Transportation: Consider social distancing options to travel safely when running errands or commuting to and from work, whether walking, bicycling, wheelchair rolling, or using public transit, rideshares, or taxis. When using public transit, try to keep at least 6 feet from other passengers or transit operators – for example, when you are waiting at a bus station or selecting seats on a bus or train. When using rideshares or taxis, avoid pooled rides where multiple passengers are picked up, and sit in the back seat in larger vehicles so you can remain at least 6 feet away from the driver. Follow these additional tips to protect yourself while using transportation.
- Limit Contact When Running Errands: Only visit stores selling household essentials in person when you absolutely need to, and stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household while shopping and in lines. If possible, use drive-thru, curbside pick-up, or delivery services to limit face-to-face contact with others. Maintain physical distance between yourself and delivery service providers during exchanges and wear a cloth face covering.
- Choose Safe Social Activities: It is possible to stay socially connected with friends and family who don’t live in your home by calling, using video chat, or staying connected through social media. If meeting others in person (e.g., at small outdoor gatherings, yard or driveway gathering with a small group of friends or family members), stay at least 6 feet from others who are not from your household. Follow these steps to stay safe if you will be participating in personal and social activities outside of your home.
- Keep Distance at Events and Gatherings: It is safest to avoid crowded places and gatherings where it may be difficult to stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household. If you are in a crowded space, try to keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others at all times, and wear a cloth face covering. Cloth face coverings are especially important in times when physical distancing is difficult. Pay attention to any physical guides, such as tape markings on floors or signs on walls, directing attendees to remain at least 6 feet apart from each other in lines or at other times. Allow other people 6 feet of space when you pass by them in both indoor and outdoor settings.
- Stay Distanced While Being Active: Consider going for a walk, bike ride, or wheelchair roll in your neighborhood or in another safe location where you can maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other pedestrians and cyclists. If you decide to visit a nearby park, trail, or recreational facility, first check for closures or restrictions. If open, consider how many other people might be there and choose a location where it will be possible to keep at least 6 feet of space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.
Many people have personal circumstances or situations that present challenges with practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please see the following guidance for additional recommendations and considerations:
- Know When to Delay your Travel to Avoid Spreading COVID-19
- Households Living in Close Quarters: How to Protect Those Who Are Most Vulnerable
- Living in Shared Housing
- People with Disabilities
Detailed information on self-isolation, isolation and quarantine is available on the Columbia University COVID-19 Resources page.
Got a question about COVID-19 and the academic year? Columbia's COVID-19 Resource Guide for the Community now features Alma, an interactive chat information service. Ask Alma a Question.
COVID-19 resources guide published by the University.
This web page contains COVID-19 Public Health guidance including symptom screening, use of face coverings and social and physical distancing.
This website contains information on COVID-19 initial testing required for Columbia community.
This website contains information on Columbia University Test and Trace Program. Detailed information and guidelines on diagnostic testing, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation are available on this page.
Columbia Health offers in-person appointments, virtual appointments, same day service and 24/7 urgent medical support. Details on hours and operations for Spring 2021 semester are available on the website.
For clinical questions, including symptoms, please call the Columbia Health hotline on 212-854-9355 or email at [email protected].
Columbia Health has designed a series of programs and services to support your well-being needs while in quarantine or isolation in New York. Visit the page to learn more.
- Face Covering and Fever Monitoring
- How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19
- Masks and Face Coverings in Public
- Social Distancing to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
- Workplace Hygiene
- Advisory for Essential Work in University Research Labs
- Quarantine Guide for Morningside Students
- Quarantine Guide for Faculty and Staff
Tips on Managing Stress and Anxiety about COVID-19
Living in the pandemic world can be stressful for everyone. Here are some tips on managing your stress and staying well according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Build structure into a new routine (e.g. set times for meals, sleep and class and to be socialize)
- Make time for breaks
- Take media breaks
- Practice self-compassion
- Prioritize your health needs by getting enough sleep, eating healthy food and staying exercise
- Schedule time to talk to family members, friends, and other loved ones on the phone or through video chat
For more information, check out Coping with Stress During Pandemics. You can find useful tips and tangible resources to manage your mental health during a pandemic.
Here are additional internal and external resources available to help you manage your stress and anxiety:
Wellness Drop-in Hours Mondays from 11:00am-1:00pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm.
Drop in to meet Asha De Costa, the Associate Director of Wellness for conversation and any support resources, including referral for health and counseling resources and more. Reserve your slot on the calendar.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers individual counseling, support spaces and other services delivered virtually. Watch this video to learn more about how Counseling & Psychological Services supports the psychological and emotional well-being.
For students residing outside the United States interested in counseling services, click here and use "Columbia University" as your student code when logging in.
Columbia Health introduces you to various coping tools for self-help, crisis help and specific concerns and life skills. For resources specific to managing concerns around COVID-19, visit Coping with COVID-19 resource page.
For multiple months now the lockdowns and social distancing measures necessary to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have forced many of us to live in close quarters with family and roommates, and with little respite. To help avoid the stresses and dangers of these enforced living situations, Columbia Psychiatry's Diana Samuel has provided advice that can help us live a more peaceful lockdown life.
Tips on stress reduction and how to maintain emotional well-being published by the New York City Department of Health.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers counseling and other services delivered virtually even for students not on campus. Watch this video to learn more about how Counseling & Psychological Services supports the psychological and emotional well-being.
Helpful units in Columbia Health are listed. Virtual services on the phone or via Zoom are offered in each unit.
There is a list of frequently asked questions about the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. These FAQs will be updated as new vaccines and information become available.
You can find the most recent updates on COVID-19 on this website. COVID-19 guidance and other related resources for students and staff are also provided.
Most frequently asked questions regarding on-campus housing are answered here.
Online learning toolkit page provides Information and tutorials on educational online tools for students and faculty for online learning.
You can find any resources and the most recent information related to COVID-19 for New York residents.
This website provides CDC's guidance on COVID-19 and any resources related to COVID-19.
NIMH provides detailed information on coping with stress, fear, and anxiety associated with COVID-19.
You will find COVID-19 responses in different countries and international travel advice on WHO website.
Online tutorial for how to make the simplest, easiest and useful mask.