We’ve received a lot of questions about what to do if you suspect you've been exposed to COVID-19 or have a positive identification of COVID-19 for yourself, a household member, or someone you have studied alongside or worked closely with.
We have created this decision tree to make it easy and clearer for you to take the necessary actions to protect your health and the well-being of the community in the event you are unsure about an exposure.
Or call the Emergency Management Team within the Georgia Tech Police Department at 404.894.2500.
Stay at home for 14 days.
Stay away from others.
Discontinue isolation only after you meet the following three conditions as set by the CDC and Department of Public Health:
No fever for three days.
At least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms.
If you have not tested positive but...
You have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19, or you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, please follow the guidelines shown in this Decision Tree infograph:
If you have not tested positive but are ill or have been exposed to someone who is ill, please follow the guidelines shown in the infographic above for reporting your illness.
If you have been ill and want to return to work after exposure or illness, you are asked to follow these CDC and Department of Public Health Guidelines:
If you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 but you are not showing symptoms of illness, self-quarantine for 14 days. If you do not develop symptoms, you may return to work.
If you are symptomatic of COVID-19 or any general illness (using the infographic above as a guide), CDC guidance requires that the following three conditions are met before you discontinue isolation:
No fever for 3 days
Allowing at least 10 days to pass since symptoms started.
In addition, if you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had close contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
For members of the Georgia Tech community, the best prevention measures for any respiratory virus, including COVID-19 are:
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
While we understand the concerns and fear around COVID-19, it is extremely important to stay calm and maintain a close eye on your health and any symptoms that may arise. The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath.