Health and Wellbeing

The health of our community is our top priority. We realize the extraordinary social distancing measures and the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19 are incredibly challenging. We hope you find the resources on this page helpful in maintaining your overall health and wellbeing. We'll continue to add to these resources over time.

Preventative Measures

It is essential that we all continue to:

  • Adhere to local government and department of public health stay-at-home orders.
  • Wear cloth face coverings when in public settings.
    • Massachusetts issued an order requiring face coverings be worn in all public places, businesses, and common areas—both indoors and outdoors—where social distancing is not possible. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, and applies to everyone, with exceptions for those under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition.
    • The CDC now recommends cloth face coverings for the general public, especially in public settings. Review Harvard's guidance on face coverings and masks.
    • Remember: Face coverings do not eliminate the need for physical distancing. Always remain at least 6 feet from other people.
    • The general public should NOT use medical/surgical face masks outside of the healthcare setting. Medical/surgical face masks should only be used for healthcare staff and patients.
    • Learn how to make a cloth face covering.
  • Remind yourself — every day — to practice and promote good, basic hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cough/sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve; disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces; avoid close contact with those who are sick; stay home when you're sick; and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate to your job.
  • Know when and how to wash our hands and use sanitizer.
  • Practice social distancing, including maintaining a 6-foot distance from others, modifying in-person interactions, respectively staying away from vulnerable populations and sick people, and avoiding large, crowded gatherings. Universal social distancing is critical to protect everyone. We ask all Harvard community members to help in this effort.

Self-isolation/Quarantine Guidance and Testing Notifications

If you’re concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, review Harvard University Health Services' (HUHS) guide for self-isolatation/quarantine. If you have symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or need further advice, contact your Primary Care Provider or email HUHS at

If you’re being tested for COVID-19, or if you’ve received a positive test result for COVID-19, please immediately notify HUHS at — even if you don't receive your care at HUHS. This helps us assess the impact on our community. We'll continue to update our community notifications with the number of known positive test cases among the dispersed Harvard community.

Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Fear

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

Activities for Staying Connected and Motivated

Although we are all practicing universal social distancing, we can still laugh, play, learn, and grow closer outside of class and work. Explore the many free virtual events and resources on our Socialize Remotely page—including arts and culture, exercise and games, movies and music, and mindfulness and spirituality.

Frequently Asked Questions