Health Experts Urge Returning College Students To Self-Quarantine

Health Experts Urge Returning College Students To Self-Quarantine

10:12am Aug 28, 2020
Students and parents move student's belongings out of Bragaw Hall at N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Thursday was the first day students began moving out of campus housing due to the continuing spread of COVID-19 clusters around campus. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Health officials are urging college students returning to the Triad to self-quarantine for 14 days. Many are coming back due to pandemic-related school closures across the country. 

Wake Forest Baptist Health infectious disease expert Dr. Christopher Ohl says that in addition to a two-week self-quarantine, college students who wish to be tested should wait at least five to 10 days from potential exposure, as it takes that long for the virus to show up in testing.

Ohl made his comments while delivering a COVID-19 update with pediatrician Dr. Callie Brown.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports their appeal to homebound students came as numerous universities have moved classes online.

The focus of their Facebook Live talk on Thursday was on children’s safety.

Brown, who practices at Brenner Children’s Hospital, urged parents to keep up with medical and dental appointments, saying that people have delayed bringing their kids in for treatment or vaccinations.

Ohl also said questions remain about how to safely celebrate Halloween this year, as it seems likely the coronavirus will still be an issue.

Wake Forest Baptist Health is inviting people to submit Halloween suggestions on their Facebook page.

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