Several upstate New York Schools have already transferred to online learning because of a spike in coronavirus cases. So why has Syracuse, a university that is relatively large in size, been successful in keeping students on campus this semester? In large part, the success can be attributed to the precautions and intricate plan that Syracuse University has in place for its students who either contract the virus or come in close contact with someone who has it.
How do I know all of this? Because I am going through it right now.
On October 1st, I found out that someone who I was in close contact with had Covid-19. What did that mean for me? I already had the coronavirus back in March, and I had tested positive for antibodies, so I knew I had a fighters chance of not getting sick again (and luckily, I did not.) But did being in contact with someone who had Covid-19 warrant a quarantine on my part anyway? I would soon come to find out the answer would be yes.
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Admittedly, this realization did bring some anxiety with it, as I knew this would mean I would miss two weeks of in-person classes. That being said, now that I am almost on the other side of the quarantine, I have to commend Syracuse University for all of the precautions they have put in place. It keeps students on campus. It keeps athletes playing games. At the very least, now I get to write a story about the experience. Lemonade out of lemons, right? Isn’t that what 2020 is all about? Here’s how it all went down.
Step 1: Calling the Barnes Health Center (After I Found Out the News)
The first logical step was to get in touch with the health center to find out what I was supposed to do, and where I was supposed to go. I spoke to a doctor who told me the first step was going to Flanagan gym to get tested. Interestingly enough, if I tested positive for Covid-19, the doctor told me I only would have to quarantine for 10 days. If I was negative, I would have to quarantine for 14 days. The reason why is because it can take up to 14 days after the virus for a person to develop symptoms.
Step 2: Getting Tested at Flanagan
This is where my admiration for Syracuse began. Flanagan is part of a center on Syracuse’s campus across the street from the Barnes Health Center that had been completely transformed into a coronavirus testing center. The tests they administer are rapid, so you wait in the center until the results come back. Then the doctor who tells you your results is the one who tells you where you are headed next depending on what the result is. My