Help for High Risk Individuals

People who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from influenza-like illnesses and COVID-19. All students, faculty, and staff are advised to perform the following steps to determine if they are considered to be at higher risk and review CDC guidance on how to mitigate that risk. Regardless of one’s health status, engaging in this process will inform all on how to best help individuals at risk for severe illness. Links to CDC webpages are used to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date information.

Step 1: Assess your risk for severe illness based on medical conditions and consultation with your treating providers.

Step 2: Contact your treating physician or health care provider if you are considered to be at higher risk for severe illness. Discuss your medical condition, health risk, and personal health plan. Together, you will be able to adjust your individual plan, identify actions that might be necessary to reduce your risk for severe illness, and have an action plan in the event that you do become sick.

Step 3: Request Adjustments / Accommodations for any measures you may need to reduce your risk for severe illness. Students should contact Bates Health Services to discuss possible adjustments and/or accommodations. Bates Health Services will refer students to the Office of Accessible Education as needed.