Healthy Brown


Encouraging self-monitoring for symptoms of flu, social distancing and self-isolation to disrupt the transmission of flu, including COVID-19.

Isolation and Quarantine to Prevent Transmission

All students, faculty and staff must take responsibility for their own health and the health of others by practicing self isolation if exhibiting symptoms of flu or novel coronavirus. Accordingly, anyone with common symptoms for COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, chills, or new loss of taste or smell) should self-isolate from the onset of symptoms until:

  • they have no fever for at least 72 hours without use of fever-reducing medication;
  • other symptoms, such as cough or shortness of breath, are improving ;
  • and at least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

This is updated from previous guidance on when to self-isolate, which had been recommended only for individuals with specific combinations of symptoms and/or travel histories.

For anyone who experiences symptoms they cannot manage on their own, guidance is to contact a health care provider by telephone. Faculty and staff should contact their primary health care provider. Students should call Health Services (401-863-3953), which has implemented a robust phone triage system and will use that to consult with students in lieu of in-person visits. Students who have severe shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, inability to eat or drink, extreme dizziness, or other symptoms indicating the need for emergency care should contact the Department of Public Safety (401-863-4111) on campus or call 911 off campus.

In addition, any Brown community member who is not experiencing symptoms but has traveled internationally (see Travel Restrictions) for 14 days before returning to campus.

And anyone who has had close contact with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 must self-monitor for symptoms and consult with Health Services (students) or a local provider (faculty and staff) before returning to campus.

What does it mean to self isolate?

If you’ve been directed to self-isolate, you should:

  • Stay home. Don't attend work, school, events, social gatherings or public areas.
  • Self-monitor for fever by checking your temperature at least twice daily. Contact a health care provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough or trouble breathing.
  • If you need to seek medical care, call ahead to describe your symptoms and travel history.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • If you don’t have access to soap and water use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Never cough in the direction of someone else.
  • Limit contact with others, as much as possible, including those in your home or residence. Try to keep a distance of about 6 feet.
  • Avoid any visitors.
  • Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding or any other items.
  • Keep your surroundings clean. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like tabletops, tablets, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, etc.
  • Avoid using public transportation, taxis, or ride-sharing.