Health reminders for start of the semester

Dear RIT community:

It is exciting to see people from all over the world converge on campus for the start of Fall semester learning, working, and sharing ideas. Of course, we also share germs when we gather. Currently, our Student Health Center is seeing some respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. If you have questions about COVID, check out these FAQs. We have not yet seen cases of flu, and we expect it to arrive in a few weeks or months. Now is a good time to remind everyone of simple, best health practices:

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat healthy meals; don’t forget those fruits and vegetables.
  • Drink water and stay hydrated.
  • Exercise regularly and be physically active.
  • Check in with your personal mental health.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Make sure your vaccinations are up to date.

Wearing a mask is a personal choice. But if you wear one, please ensure it is worn correctly for maximum effectiveness.

Most importantly:

  • If you feel sick, stay home. Please recognize some members of our community or their loved ones may be susceptible to severe illness.
  • If you have a respiratory illness (COVID-19, influenza, or a simple cold), wear a well-fitted mask when in close proximity of others except for when eating and sleeping.
  • Students, if you test positive for COVID with a home test, share your results with the Student Health Center. They will send you specific instructions.
  • Employees, if you test positive for COVID with a home test, please contact your health care provider.
  • Don’t hesitate to contact our Student Health Center (students) or your primary care provider (employees) if you have questions or concerns about your health.

The good news is that there are vaccines and treatments that reduce risks from all major viruses likely to circulate this season. We will be hosting flu clinics on campus open to students and employees beginning in a few weeks. Look out for details which will come in a separate email including dates, times, and sign-up instructions. The newest version of the COVID booster will be available this fall, and when it is – we hope to offer it on campus, as well. If you would like to get a flu vaccine sooner, RIT offers a free shuttle service to nearby pharmacies.

Stay safe and healthy,

Sandra Johnson
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

Wendy Gelbard, MD
Associate Vice President, Wellness, Student Affairs

Jo Ellen Pinkham
Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer