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How your quarantine makes a difference

Being in quarantine is a challenge and we are here to support you. You are making a difference by following quarantine guidelines, and we want to thank you.

Here are a few reasons why your commitment to following guidelines matters:

  • Quarantine means you have been exposed to COVID-19 but have not yet developed symptoms of infection or tested positive. Statistically, this is most likely to occur within 14 days. By quarantining, you are taking action to protect others before you even know if you are sick. You should be proud of that.
  • Students who live on campus are in a living situation known to be at a higher risk because COVID-19, like most viruses, transmits more easily where you have a lot of people living in the same place. That risk means we ask residential students to quarantine for at least 10 days. They cannot test out of quarantine, and that’s hard on those students. Did you know that quarantining for 10 days reduces the risk of transmission to as low as 1%? That’s crucial for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in residential facilities. We greatly appreciate that extra burden residential students accept to protect their fellow Vols.
  • Off-campus students live in settings at lower risk for transmission, and their quarantine can be a little shorter, about eight days, if they test out early. They are also doing their part, bringing the chance of transmission to around 5% to 12% by staying in quarantine as directed.

We know quarantine is a challenging commitment. Each day you spend in quarantine helps protect those around you. We are grateful for your courage and are here to support you and help make your situation as comfortable as possible.