What does it mean to self-monitor?

You have been advised to self-monitor. This is not a time for panic, but a chance to take well-informed actions that will help keep you and those around you as safe and healthy as possible. Your actions will be vital in this effort. 

  • What does it mean to self-monitor? It means for the next 14 days you will be asked to stay inside your home and avoid group gatherings and public spaces, including Temple’s campuses.
  • Monitor your temperature daily with a thermometer. If you develop any symptoms—fever greater than 100.4 F, cough, shortness of breath or any respiratory complaints—immediately notify Student Health Services via phone at 215-204-7500 or email at and identify yourself as a patient who was in recent isolation. 
  • While during other times you might let a slight cough go for a few days prior to seeking medical attention, during these 14 days we ask that students immediately contact us or their healthcare provider. 
  • Put on a mask prior to seeking medical care if you cough or sneeze.
  • When coughing or sneezing cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, then throw the tissue out and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve. Use your hands only as a last resort.  
  • ALWAYS wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.  
  • If possible, stay in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom. If a using a separate bathroom is not possible, clean and disinfect after each use.  
  • Avoid sharing food, clothing, drinks, or participating in other activities that may result in sharing of saliva or respiratory droplets.
  • You can go out to take a walk or run but avoid large groups of people and stay more than 6 feet away from other people whenever possible.  
  • Remember to contact your advisor and your faculty to let them know you are self-monitoring and will need alternative class assignments. 

What do others living in the same house need to do?

  • Household members of someone self-monitoring do not need to restrict their movements.  
  • Help the person who has been asked to self-monitor and be hyper vigilant to check if they develop any signs of COVID-19: especially a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.  
  • If the person self-monitoring were to develop symptoms, then you would be in a self-monitoring situation for 14 days or until they have a negative test.  

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