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When your roommate gets sick...

Illnesses can spread quickly in dorms and other living groups, but don’t panic. Here’s what you can do to stay healthy:
  • Clean your hands. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Don't share towels. Use paper towels after washing your hands, or use a cloth towel that isn’t shared with anyone else.
  • Clean common surfaces. Use a standard household disinfectant, and wash your hands after cleaning the area.
  • Be helpful, but safe. Don't be afraid to help out your roommate while they are ill. You can always offer to pick up some Kleenex or drop off a P-set, but try to avoid close contact with your sick roommate.
  • Remind sick roommates to keep their germs to themselves. It’s okay to remind a sick roommate (nicely, of course!) to cover coughs and sneezes and to clean their hands frequently (especially after coughing, sneezing, or tossing a used tissue in the trash).

Monitor yourself closely for the development of symptoms for seven days after contact with your sick roommate. If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat, or other symptoms of illness, call MIT Medical at 617-253-4481 to speak with a clinician and get advice about what to do next.