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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates
University of the Sciences continues to closely monitor the ongoing and evolving situation related to the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 in order to evaluate the outbreak’s impact on members of our campus community, visitors, and operations on campus.
USciences has returned to campus for the vast majority of operations and courses. View the COVID-19 Return to Campus Guidelines for detailed information about how to ensure individual safety, safe conditions in University spaces, and provide important safety guidelines for the duration of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Students and employees who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are unvaccinated and may have been exposed to COVID-19 must fill out the USciences COVID-19 Screening Form. This form will be utilized for clinical follow up and contact tracing efforts.
USciences is committed to the health and safety of the University community. We continue to follow guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, and Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is COVID-19?
What can I do to protect myself and others?
Is it safe for me to attend onground classes?
Whom do I contact with concerns about my schedule – specifically about being on campus for labs?
What can you do to protect yourself?
USciences, as a health and science-focused institution, strongly encourages our entire community to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, unless medical or religious contraindications are present. All of the FDA-approved vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) are safe, well-tolerated, and effective at preventing serious disease and saving lives, and appear thus far to be highly protective - even against many of the new virus variants. Getting vaccinated not only helps protect you against disease, but may also protect those around you, especially those who are at high risk for getting severe illness from COVID-19.
None of the COVID-19 vaccines can cause the disease; there is no live virus present in any of the current vaccines, so they cannot make you sick with COVID-19. Similarly, the vaccines will not cause you to test positive for COVID-19 on a virus test.
Vaccines are one of the most important tools we have to stop the pandemic. We encourage you to ask questions of your healthcare provider or other informed, trusted sources. SHAC clinicians are also available to answer questions that you may have. Help us all fight COVID-19 together!
Practicing good hygiene can help prevent all types of infections, including COVID-19:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer after sneezing or coughing.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Do not share any food, drinks, cups, utensils, etc.
- Avoid close contact with those who are ill.
- Stay home when you are sick and do not have contact with others
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
- Monitor your health and be alert for symptoms
More information about COVID-19
You can find the latest information on the spread of COVID-19, CDC travel guidance, and the World Health Organization recommendations at the following sites. Please check these sites often for important updates.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), www.coronavirus.gov
- CDC, Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
- CDC, Travel Health Notices
- World Health Organization, COVID-19 Travel Advice
- Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, PA COVID-19 Update
- Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information
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