March 16: We’ve been telling everyone to practice social distancing — staying home as much as possible, avoiding crowds, and, if you must go out, keeping at least six feet between you and your fellow humans. But in the last week, we’ve been answering an increasing number of questions from people wondering if they need to do more based on a possible exposure to the virus: What if I was at a meeting with someone who just got diagnosed with COVID-19? Suppose it’s a close friend of that guy I hung out with one night last week? How about if it’s a kid in the same class as my co-worker’s child? And what if there’s no diagnosis yet, just a test in progress?
You’ve got questions; MIT Medical has answers. And, because we’re MIT Medical, we’ll be providing you those answers in the form of a flow chart. Our “How-to Guide” will tell you when you need to self-isolate, self-monitor, or just continue to practice social distancing. You can even download an 8½ × 11″ poster [PDF] to keep as a quick reference or share with others.
So let’s go with the flow. Follow this guide to slow the spread of the virus and help MIT get back back to more important things, like making the world a better place.