Tips for Returning to Dorms in a Covid World
It might seem crazy for schools to reopen and run in-person classes and allow students to return to dorms while COVID is still rampant, but they are. With many schools limiting virtual options and pushing students back to campus, many students don’t have much choice other than going back to dorms and returning to school despite the risks.
So, barring other choices, how can you best do with what you have to do? How can you protect yourself as much as possible when you have to go back to campus and to school? Read on for some tips on returning to dorms in a COVID world!
Establish colocation rules
One of the first things you do when moving into dorms is to establish ground rules with your roommate. In fact, if you can establish your ground rules before you move in, that would be even better. That way you are both on the same page right off the bat.
How do you feel about having guests in the dorm? And if guests are allowed, do they need to be masked or vaccinated? Are there any disinfection or disinfection processes that you want to follow, like changing clothes immediately after you return to the dorm from the outside world or taking off your shoes? What if one of you is exposed or even gets sick with COVID?
You still need to establish some ground rules with your roommate to set up a peaceful living situation, but COVID makes things worse and you need to make sure you address COVID concerns because you both deserve to be happy and alive. good health in your own spaces.
What we have all learned during the pandemic is that our society relies heavily on the internet and our education is no different. When the pandemic struck and everything closed and went virtual, teachers had to scramble to find ways to adapt their materials to an online platform. The last school year has also remained virtual for the most part.
Now that in-person options are available again, teachers have retained many online and virtual aspects in their lessons in case students need to be quarantined or a classroom is closed. This means that your internet connection is still more important than ever. How will you do your homework without good internet? And how will you stay connected to the outside world if you are in quarantine?
Most of the dorms offer wifi. However, many, many students all try to use this wifi as well, usually at the same time. Make sure to make your own internet improvements to make sure your internet connections stay as strong and fast as usual. You can try to do your work during off-peak hours when fewer students are on the network. You can also get a high-quality router to keep in your room (if your dorm allows it). There are even antenna upgrades and omnidirectional antennas that might help.
You should also make sure that your phone offers a hotspot connection. That way, in a pinch, if the network goes down or your connection is too slow to really work, you can connect to your phone’s hotspot and save the day.
Food and first aid supplies
In the event of quarantine or illness, you want to make sure you have a good supply of food and medicine to get through the lockdown period. You will not be able to leave your dormitory if you suspect you have COVID or if you are in quarantine due to illness or possible exposure. You want non-perishable food that you can easily store and cook in your dorm so that you can last the entire quarantine period if you need it (like you don’t have someone who can buy and deliver food). or access food and grocery delivery services). Soup (ramen or canned) is always a great option so as not to require refrigeration.
Medication is also important. You want to have a thermometer because being able to monitor your temperature and not having a fever is a condition for ending quarantine. You may also want medication to help you feel better if your symptoms are knocking you out. Motrin and Tylenol are good places to start, along with decongestants, cough drops and more. COVID can include gastric symptoms as well, so medications for nausea, diarrhea, and more are also good, safe options to have on hand, just in case.
The world of COVID is dangerous. Take the necessary measures and precautions to ensure your safety, the safety of your roommate and your loved ones after you move into the dorms.