Stay Well: Tips for a Healthy Quarantine

Your quarantine stay is almost over ... only a few days left! We have a few final tips to help you stay healthy in body and mind. Be sure to check out the recommendations at the end so you can stay safe from a COVID exposure in the future, too. 

Hydration for a Healthy Body

Proper hydration is crucial to immune health. Set a water goal each day and track how much you drink by using a water tracking app. Some good ones to try are Plant Nanny, Daily Water Tracker, and Aqualert. Many will even send you reminders throughout the day to help you reach your goal. 

Boost the flavor of your water with these infusion ideas:

  • Raspberries, lemon & rosemary
  • Strawberry, basil & lemon
  • Honeydew, cucumber & mint
  • Blackberries, orange & ginger

Apple Nachos

Wash and dry your apples, then quarter them to remove the core. Slice into pieces that are about 1/4 inch thick. Layer them on a plate and add your favorite toppings like pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, granola, and drizzle with nut butter.

Staying Connected

Being in quarantine or isolation can be very lonely. There are a lot of ways that we can connect with friends and family virtually during this time when you cannot see them in person. While these certainly cannot replace in person contact, they can help you feel a little less alone.
  • Have a Netflix party! Download the Netflix Party Google Chrome extension and watch your favorite movie with your friends.
  • Scroll with meaning ... instead of experiencing FOMO when scrolling through your Instagram feed, make meaningful connections by leaving positive comments or compliments on your friends' posts.
  • Participate in the UnLonely Project online community forum to build connection through art and creativity. 

Reduce Your Risk: Stay COVID-Free

Here are the top five things you can do to reduce your risk of exposure to COVID in the future:
  1. Wear a mask. This is by far one of the best ways to stay safe and healthy. Whether you're hanging out with your suitemates or visiting a friend off campus, keep your mask on at all times. 
  2. Practice safe dining habits. Sharing a meal with friends in the dining hall is a great way to connect, but be smart about it. Only take your mask off to eat (ideally for less than 15 minutes), and sit as far apart as you are able to. If you want to continue to chat after you're done eating, put your masks back on.  
  3. Understand what a negative COVID test means. Don't let a negative COVID test result give you a false sense of security. A negative test doesn't mean that it's safe for you to socialize with others without a mask & physical distancing. It only tells you that you were negative at the time of the test. You could develop symptoms 48 hours later, for example, and then would have exposed any contacts you had during that time period.  
  4. Sanitize often. Wash your hands frequently, scrubbing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer works well if you can't access soap and water. Also be diligent about wiping down shared spaces with an antibacterial product, such as shared bathrooms or kitchen areas.
  5. Socialize smart. Check out Rocky's top ten things to do while protecting the hive. 

We're Here for You.

Try Peer-to-Peer Coaching: Are you feeling anxious? Homesick? Struggling with this whole quarantine thing? Our UR Connected coaches are here to help you.

UR Connected is a peer-to-peer network of students to connect you to the resources you need to feel better. Learn more and request to meet with a coach here.
Connect to the Hive:  We may be distanced, but you can virtually meet and connect with Yellowjackets on campus and around the world with these suggestions from Wilson Commons Student Activities. You can also engage virtually with the many upcoming programs and events
The University Counseling Center (UCC) recognizes the many ways in which this pandemic has impacted how we live, learn, and connect with one another. In response to COVID-19, UCC has worked hard to develop ways to support students during this time.
Important Resources:

University Health Service: 585-275-2662 (On Call 24/7)
University Counseling Center: 585-275-3113 (On Call 24/7)
Quarantine Help Desk: 585-354-6306 (9am-2am)

For students who need additional funding to cover qualifying needs, clothing, food, housing, the Basic Needs Hub is an excellent resource to get you through the critical period. The Food Pantry has expanded its availability to all students and postdoctoral appointees who face food insecurity, face a change in employment status, financial hardship or who are in quarantine and isolation. It is need-blind and does not require any income or financial threshold.

Additionally, each school (AS&E, Eastman, SMD, Simon, Warner) has a Quarantine/Isolation Support Coordinator who can further assist you in obtaining the necessary services to support you in getting through these challenging times. 
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