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February 23, 2021

In this update, we’ve answered common questions and shared  important news from the CDC. Plus, if you’re a student who is dealing with eating disorders, we can help!

Your COVID-19 Questions Answered

If I've tested positive for COVID-19 and have fully recovered, do I need to keep doing the asymptomatic tests?

If you tested positive for COVID-19 and have fully recovered, you don't need to participate in asymptomatic testing for three months following your positive COVID-19 test. However if you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and do not come to campus.

If I've tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered, do I need to keep doing the daily screening surveys?

Yes, continue to complete the daily screening surveys for every day that you're coming to campus. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and do not come to campus.

Can I stop wearing masks and socially distancing if I’ve already had COVID-19 or if I’ve been vaccinated?

No, please keep wearing masks and socially distancing until scientists have learned whether COVID-19 can be spread by vaccinated people or those who have already had COVID-19. Even when vaccinated, you can still have the virus in your nose or mouth. It won't make you sick but you can spread to others if you cough, sneeze, laugh, sing, etc.

Is the vaccine safe?

Yes, it is. See our Vaccine FAQs for information about safety. Our nurses are also happy to answer your questions during your appointment, or you can contact your primary care provider with questions. 

How will I know when it's my turn to receive a vaccine?

All UCSC students and employees will be notified when it's time to schedule their vaccine. You will not need to contact Student Health Services.

How much will the vaccine cost me?

The vaccine is free and doesn't depend on insurance.

If I test positive for COVID-19, how will you ensure my privacy? 

We take privacy and data protection seriously. All Student Health Services staff trained annually in HIPAA privacy practices, and all our technology is HIPAA-compliant. If you test positive, we only share your information if it poses a risk to a campus.

How do I know if I need to quarantine after being near a person with COVID-19?

You need to quarantine if you have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19. Here is how the CDC defines a “close contact.

  • You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
  • Be sure to read below about the new guidance for exposure after vaccination.

Can I get or give COVID-19 through a pet? 

While possible, it is very unlikely. See the CDC’s guidance on what to do if you have pets.

 Health News You Should Know

  • The CDC has new info about how to get the best mask fit with the most protection
  • If you were exposed to a COVID-19 positive person but you’ve been vaccinated, the CDC says you are not required to quarantine if you meet all of the following criteria:
    • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
    • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
    • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
    • You must still wear your mask to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others. Even when vaccinated, you can still have the virus in your nose or mouth. It won't make you sick but you can spread to others if you cough, sneeze, laugh, sing, etc.
  • Our nation is seeing a rise in eating disorders among young people due to COVID-19. Many students find that their exercise and eating routines have been disrupted. COVID-related stress, loneliness, and isolation can lead to an unhealthy approach to food. If you want help getting your eating plan back on track, contact Student Health Services for an appointment with one of our providers. Our doctors, nurses, nutritionist, and health outreach professionals have experience with eating disorders among students.