Concordia University Wisconsin has implemented the quarantine and self isolation periods to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
The Daily Symptom Tracker through the university portal is a tool to help provide students and faculty a documented means of exposure or development of symptoms. The Daily Symptom Tracker then suggests to go to classes, self isolate or quarantine, depending on what your tracker indicates.
If an individual reports close contact with a positive case of COVID or develops symptoms, a quarantine period of 14 days attempts to prevent a further spread.
According to the university’s website, “Concordia’s protocol for positive COVID-19 test results is to have the individual isolate until their infectious period has concluded (as determined by the County Health Department, minimum of 10 days).”
The periods of isolation and quarantine have had an effect on students. Senior Nick Mirasola recently tested positive and experienced various effects of quarantine first hand.
“While in quarantine, getting my assignments done has been relatively the same. Most of my classes haven’t changed for me since they were already on Zoom to begin with,” said Mirasola. “However, my ability to focus has been a little difficult since getting Covid-19.”
Mirasola said that he has felt many emotions during quarantine and the hardest part for him is not from physical symptoms of COVID-19.
“My mental health has definitely been a rollercoaster during quarantine. I honestly feel like that’s the worst part of getting coronavirus. I definitely have felt disconnected since I cannot be at school or around my friends,” said Mirasola.
The unknown about how to best deal with quarantining also has been difficult for him.
“I think there is still a lot of uncertainty about how long you are supposed to quarantine if you were around someone that had it,” said Mirasola. “It seems to me that the ones who do not contract the virus, but still have to quarantine, suffer more.”
Written by Tyler Schellinger