Returning From Travel
You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels (domestic and/or international). You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick:
- When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Watch your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.
What to do if you are sick:
- Stay at home except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride sharing or taxis.
- Seek prompt medical attention if your condition is worsening. BEFORE you go to a doctor’s office or emergency department, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel, recent contact with an infected person and/or symptoms. Put on a face mask before you enter the facility. Ask your healthcare provider to contact the local or state health department. Follow instructions provided by your local health department or occupational health professionals, if appropriate.
- If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a mask before emergency medical services arrive.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not handle pets or other animals while sick.
Any member of the Lipscomb community (students and employees) who exhibits COVID symptoms, has tested positive for COVID, or has been exposed to a person who has tested positive with COVID must report their situation to the Health Center using the Report an Illness link below.