What You Need to Know
- President Bollinger issues an update on the impact of COVID-19 and commencement.
- On Monday, April 13 at 12:15 PM, join the virtual University Life Forum: Your Questions Answered on COVID-19. This Q&A will focus on the scientific, public health and medical aspects of the novel coronavirus and will feature leading medical and public health experts from across Columbia. A recording of the forum will also be available on the University Life website after the event.
- The University has suspended all Columbia-related travel. Consistent with CDC guidance, Columbia advises all affiliates who have returned from ANY travel, to stay home for 14 days after returning, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. Follow the self-isolation guidance found on the Columbia Preparedness COVID-19 FAQs. Additionally, all Columbia affiliates are strongly urged to postpone any non-essential personal travel abroad.
- There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 happening in New York City. Stay home if you are sick. All New Yorkers should monitor their health carefully. Healthcare workers may refer to the CUIMC website for guidance.
- The university is open for essential personnel only. Many services are reduced or closed. Contact the specific University department to learn about service adjustments.
- The University strongly encourages social distancing and the wearing of face cloth coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult maintain.
- Community transmission means that COVID-19 is circulating widely in NYC and that we should act as if we are all exposed. If you are sick, stay home. All New Yorkers must monitor their health carefully at this time.
Last updated Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT.
I'm Sick. What Should I Do?
Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with public health officials to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, follow the updated recommendations from the CDC.
CUIMC has established two fever and cough clinics where people with respiratory symptoms can see a health care provider and, if clinically warranted, be tested for COVID-19. Walk-ins are NOT accepted. To schedule an appointment, individuals must first be screened by a healthcare provider in the Columbia system, which can be done by phone or via a tele-health visit. After this initial screening, the provider can electronically schedule an appointment for the patient in the fever and cough clinics. Individuals who do not have a Columbia health care provider can connect with one by calling 877-426-5637.
For guidance on symptoms and treatment, students should call 212-854-9355. Today, the hotline is open until 5:00 pm.
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April 9, 2020
Capable of treating as many as 288 patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms, the facility will help to alleviate demand on the main NYP/CUIMC hospital facilities.
April 9, 2020
The fund will support and co-sponsor a variety of initiatives for those most severely impacted by the pandemic in upper Manhattan.
April 9, 2020
To expand support to the frontline workers of New York City hospitals, the University has made a total of 455 beds available.
April 8, 2020
The School of Social Work honors the memory of MSW student Susan Chuang, who passed away due to complications from COVID-19, with a memorial page and invites you to share a tribute.
COVID-19 Research at Columbia
CUIMC's pathology lab will determine if patients have enough antibodies—proteins made by the immune system that can neutralize viruses—to serve as a treatment against COVID-19.
A computer model of the outbreak shows that undetected cases, many of which were likely not severely symptomatic, were largely responsible for the rapid spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in China.
An interactive mapping tool to shed light on healthcare capacity in counties with populations particularly vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infection and the need for a hospital visit.
A pharmaceutical industry expert uses research on the effect that new drugs have had on society between 1981 and 2013 to estimate the value of a vaccine given the magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis.
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COVID-19 in the Media
The purpose of the biobank is to collect, process, store and disseminate specimens and health data for researchers.
Scientists who have fought pandemics describe difficult measures needed to defend the United States against a fast-moving pathogen.
Columbia’s David Ho is leading a group that’s trying to compress a five-year process into one.
Can you get COVID-19 off a cereal box? Do veggies need to be bleached? Experts weigh in with current best practices.