Health guidelines for McGill students

The page tells McGill students what to do if you have symptoms or have received a diagnosis of COVID-19 or are at high risk.

Everyone at McGill must read and follow the general Health guidelines. If you are a student who also works at McGill, then please also read the Health guidelines for employees.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive

Follow McGill's COVID-19 Reporting Process Questionnaire to determine your next steps.

Returning to the University

A. If you tested positive for COVID-19, with or without symptoms, you can stop self-isolating and return to the University when you meet all of the following three conditions:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since:
    • your symptoms first appeared, if you have symptoms OR
    • the date of your test, if you tested positive, but have not had symptoms
  2. You have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours (except cough and loss of smell, which can take a longer time to go away)
  3. You have not had a fever for at least 48 hours , without using fever medication

Important: If you had symptoms or a fever on day 10, you must remain in isolation until you have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours and without fever for at least 48 hours.

If your doctor recommends a different course of action, please follow the advice of your health professional.

B. If you tested negative for COVID-19 but have had symptoms, you can return to the University, when your health allows, if you meet all of the following three conditions:

  1. You are not in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  2. You are not waiting for results of another COVID-19 test
  3. You are not a traveler who has entered Canada within the past 14 days

Students with a weakened immune system or chronic condition

  • If you are at risk of developing complications to COVID-19, work/study from home if possible.
  • If some activities require you to be on campus, contact the Students Affairs Office in your Faculty to access appropriate academic accommodations.
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