It’s been a long few years from the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 to the new school year in 2022. The Covid-19 pandemic has seemed to reach a point where we can live our lives without the constant fear of illness. That being said, Monmouth College is following the CDC’s suggestions to help stop the spread of the virus.
The best way to protect oneself is to ensure that you are fully vaccinated. However, if you are unvaccinated, it would be beneficial for you to wear a mask when in public. Regardless, different people have varying perspectives on the current danger of the virus going forward. If someone asks you to “mask up” in their presence, the polite thing would be to follow their wishes, even if you don’t personally believe it matters.
Per Monmouth College policies, if you are a close contact of someone who tests positive for Covid-19, you must go to the student health center to get tested. You can also get a test done if you are just showing symptoms.
The Student Health Center supplies an in house, Rapid Test, which only takes 15 minutes for results. However, it is only 98% accurate and only works if you are symptomatic. However, even if you don’t have symptoms, you can get a PCR test, which is 99% accurate but takes 24-48 hours to get results. The Student Health Center is open from 9 to 1 Monday thru Friday. You can walk in anytime during that window and be seen without an appointment or insurance.
Jacob Duncan – Staff Writer