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COVID-19 Information

The health and well-being of our entire community is paramount in Seton Hall University's planning and actions. For conditions related to respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19 or the flu, Seton Hall University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have established and continue to evolve guidelines and best practices to prevent and treat such illnesses and to promote a healthy and safe community.

What CDC Knows

As the virus season ends, it’s clear that the situation surrounding COVID-19 has changed.  It is still an important health threat, but it is no longer the emergency that it once was, and its health impacts increasingly resemble those of other respiratory viral illnesses, including flu and RSV.

What CDC is Doing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Respiratory Virus Guidance provides practical recommendations and information to help people lower health risks posed by a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, flu, and RSV. 

Each year, respiratory viruses are responsible for millions of illnesses and thousands of hospitalizations and deaths in the United States. In addition to the virus that causes COVID-19, there are many other types of respiratory viruses, including flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The good news is there are actions you can take to help protect yourself and others from health risks caused by respiratory viruses.

Tips for Staying Healthy and Safe
What To Do When You Are Sick

The CDC released updated Respiratory Virus Guidance in response to the decreasing risk that COVID-19 poses to the population. This updated Guidance includes strategies to protect people at highest risk of getting seriously ill and provides actionable recommendations for people with common viral respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, flu, and RSV.

When you may have a respiratory virus:

    • Stay at home as much as possible and prevent the spread for use precautions to prevent spread.
    • Seek health care promptly for testing and/or treatment if you have risk factors for severe illness; treatment may help lower your risk of severe illness.
    • Resume normal activities, and use added prevention strategies over the next five days:
      • Taking more steps for cleaner air
      • Enhancing your hygiene practices
      • Wearing a well-fitting mask
      • Keeping a distance from others, and/or getting tested for respiratory viruses

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact Health Services. To read more about prevention tips against respiratory viral illnesses, click here.