Tuesday, March 7, 2023

As COVID-19 and respiratory rates continue to decrease across the University of Iowa campus and in the Iowa City community, Student Health is able to safely make changes to mask guidelines. These changes were made in partnership with UI Health Care. 

  • Starting on March 8, face masks will be optional at Student Health clinics unless you have symptoms of a respiratory virus.
  • Masks will continue to be required for those who have symptoms of a respiratory virus (such as a new/worsening cough, fever, new/worsening sore throat) to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Masks are welcome for all who choose to wear one. 

Situations where you might consider wearing a mask include

  • You haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19 or influenza.
  • You have an underlying medical condition, are immunocompromised, or are an older adult.
  • People close to you are more likely to get very sick if they get COVID-19 or influenza.
  • You have not had COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
  • You are in a crowded space or public transportation and you want to lower your risk of illness.
  • You are caring for or living with someone who has COVID-19-like symptoms or a respiratory virus.