This page answers frequently asked questions from College of Public Health students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive for COVID-19. Please contact the college's COVID Liaison Susan VonNessen-Scanlin with any questions not answered below.
Students who were tested for COVID-19 outside of Temple Student Health Services should follow these information release instructions and upload their results to the Student Health Services Portal. Please refer to the "What if I got a COVID-19 test..." FAQ item below for full details.
Students interested in scheduling an appointment for COVID testing, tracking their symptoms, or uploading and sharing COVID test results can do so on the Student Health Services Portal.
Definitions of frequently used terms
Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.