What To Do If Your Roommate is Sick

Sep 29th, 2022

What to do if someone you live with is sick. Tips from Student Wellness

Updated June 2023

Follow these steps to help protect yourself if your roommate or someone you live with is is sick:

  1. Ensure you have had your seasonal flu shot and all the COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses for which you are eligible. If you still require a booster, please book an appointment with Student Health Services at 519-824-4120 ext. 52131 (M-F 9am-4:30pm) or get your vaccine from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health 
  2. Spend time away from your residence room/housing unit while your roommate is isolating.
  3. Wear a well-fitted mask in shared spaces with your roommate and when you are out in public (close contacts must wear a mask for 10 days after their last unprotected contact with a case). Your roommate should also wear a mask when you are together in a shared space.
  4. Maintain physical distancing. If your room/unit does not allow for six feet of distancing, maintain the maximum distance possible.
  5. Open windows when weather permits.
  6. Run bathroom and/or kitchen exhaust fans.
  7. Clean hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol).
  8. Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, and eyes.
  9. Do not share items like towels, cups, dishes, or phones.
  10. Frequently disinfect commonly touched surfaces e.g., light switches, doorknobs and sink and toilet handles. Find out which products are on Health Canada's list of disinfectants with evidence against COVID-19.
  11. Monitor for symptoms of respiratory illnesses and if symptoms develop:
    1. isolate
    2. complete a student declaration form (SDF)
    3. follow the isolation and masking requirements for individuals with a respiratory illness including COVID-19

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