What You Need to Know
- Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 will be "flexible use" academic terms.
- Travel restrictions remain active for faculty, staff, and students.
- An update from President Lee C. Bollinger on the next academic year.
- Fall 2020 study abroad has been suspended.
- An announcement from Interim Provost Ira Katznelson on how the University plans to resume research operations.
- The University is preparing for the start of the virtual summer session.
- President Lee C. Bollinger provides an update on how Columbia is helping its neighbors.
- Columbia is open for essential personnel only. Many services are reduced or closed. Contact the specific University department to learn about service adjustments.
Last updated Friday, May 22, 2020 at 4:00 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.
Many are curious about what the decision to make flexible use of the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 terms means. Deliberations are guided by questions and specifications from working groups that have begun to shape how Columbia will be renewed responsibly.
As one of the most perplexing and difficult semesters in memory draws to an end, I write now with some updates on the shape of the summer and the academic year to come.
Meeting frequently, our working groups on public health, education, facilities and campus life, and laboratory research have begun to provide guidance on how best to carefully restore density to on-site activities.
COVID-19 Research at Columbia
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.
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.
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.
Two cardiology fellows at Columbia Medical Center are studying why blood clot risks are greater in COVID-19 patients and are working with experts from around the world to create treatment guidelines.
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COVID-19 in the Media
A round-up of the projection models that policymakers and others are relying on, including Columbia’s approach that incorporates various social distancing scenarios.
Columbia researchers suggest the poverty rate may reach the highest levels in half a century, hitting African-Americans and children hardest.
The purpose of the biobank is to collect, process, store and disseminate specimens and health data for researchers.
Columbia’s David Ho is leading a group that’s trying to compress a five-year process into one.