What You Need to Know

Last updated Monday, June 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm EDT.


I'm Sick. What Should I Do?

Tests for COVID-19 have recently become more widely available to the public. If you are symptomatic, contact your healthcare provider, who can help you determine whether you need to be tested and give you guidance on the accuracy and usefulness of diagnostic and antibody tests.

The Columbia University Irving Medical Center fever and cough clinic is a valuable resource to the community. Walk-ins are not accepted. To schedule an appointment, call a healthcare provider in the Columbia system, which can be done by phone or via a tele-health visit. 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 can call 212-854-9355.

University Communications

COVID-19 Research at Columbia

New Research Could Help Health Care Workers With Pandemic Stress

A research scientist at Columbia School of Nursing is studying burnout among nurses and other health care providers to learn more about increasing resilience.

Columbia Finds Delayed Response to Rebound Would Cost Lives

Mailman School of Public Health's projections show that delays in reimplementing social distancing following a relaxation of control measures could result in a stronger rebound of COVID-19 infections and deaths.


Study Shows Benefits of Lowering Testosterone in COVID-19 Patients

Based on findings by researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, a clinical trial is set to begin at three Veterans Affairs hospitals in New York City, Los Angeles, and the Seattle region.

Study of Hydroxychloroquine Does Not Support Its Use in COVID-19 Patients

Researchers found that patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 disease who received the drug fared no better than patients who did not receive the drug. 

Support Is Available

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Columbia Preparedness

Check here for updates on efforts to prepare and inform the Columbia community.

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Medical Support

For guidance on symptoms and treatment, students should call 212-854-9355. Faculty and staff should call their primary care provider. Students on the Medical Center campus can contact CUIMC Student Health Service.

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Discrimination and Harassment

COVID-19 brings with it collective challenges that must be dealt with as a community. We are all responsible for creating and maintaining an environment built on respect and free from discrimination and harassment. Learn how to file a report.

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Public Safety

Morningside: 212-854-2797
Emergency On Campus: 4-5555

Manhattanville: 212-853-3301
Emergency On Campus: 3-3333

Medical Center: 212-305-8100
Emergency On Campus: 305-7979

COVID-19 in the Media

What 5 Coronavirus Models Say the Next Month Will Look Like

A round-up of the projection models that policymakers and others are relying on, including Columbia’s approach that incorporates various social distancing scenarios. 

A Gloomy Prediction on How Much Poverty Could Rise

Columbia researchers suggest the poverty rate may reach the highest levels in half a century, hitting African-Americans and children hardest.

COVID-19 Biobank Opens at Columbia University

 The purpose of the biobank is to collect, process, store and disseminate specimens and health data for researchers.

Famed AIDS Researcher Is Racing to Find Coronavirus Treatment

Columbia’s David Ho is leading a group that’s trying to compress a five-year process into one.

Columbia News

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Columbia Registry Asks Health Care Workers to Share Their Stories

Responses will allow researchers to understand the impact on those most directly affected by the crisis and learn how to best address their needs.

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Could a New UV Technology Fight the Spread of Coronavirus?

Columbia researcher David Brenner believes far-UVC light—safe for humans, but lethal for viruses—could be a ‘game changer.’

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Faces of the Frontline

A new Instagram account and website share stories of the health care heroes at the helm of the pandemic.