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Students asked to quarantine before returning for spring semester

From: Student Affairs

Similar to the fall semester, Virginia Tech is asking all students who are planning to return to Blacksburg to do their best to self-quarantine before traveling to campus. Based on updated CDC guidelines, the recommended self-quarantine period is 10 days before returning to Blacksburg. Students who live on-campus will participate in mandatory testing shortly after their move-in appointment.

Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. Students in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their health care provider and public health officials.

According to the CDC, reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by limiting the time they cannot work or attend classes.

CDC Travel Guidelines

According to the CDC, travel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you decide to travel, please be sure to follow these steps recommended by the CDC:

  • Get your flu shot before traveling
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

After traveling, consider getting tested  three to five days after your trip and reduce non-essential activities for a full seven days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, consider reducing non-essential activities for 10 days.

Please refer to the CDC website for additional tips to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while traveling.

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