Preparing for College During Covid-19

Despite Coronavirus, some college campuses forge ahead with move-in day and in-class instruction. Whether you’re eagerly packing for college or watching your child pack, this list outlines college essentials for this unprecedented time.

  1. Reading lamp
  2. A desk light provides a discreet and respectful light if you share a room or live by yourself. HomElectrical offers desk lamps, task lighting and work lamps for your needs.

  3. Power strip
  4. All dorms come equipped with power outlets, but the accessibility and number of them vary. Because Covid-19 may cause many students to stay inside their rooms, a power strip gives all your devices and chargers a convenient home.

  5. First aid kit
  6. Be better safe than sorry in the case of a very unfortunate paper cut! With university healthcare facilities likely preparing for Coronavirus-related issues, owning a comprehensive kit helps prevent smaller injuries from becoming bigger ones.

  7. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies
  8. Covid-19 prevention includes these necessary items. Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces, like doorknobs and cellphones, to remove and kill most germs and bacteria.

    • Disinfecting wipes or spray
    • Sweeper-mop
    • Paper Towels
    • All-purpose cleaner
    • Vacuum
    • Air freshener
    • Paper towels
    • Tissues
    • No-touch trash can

  9. Covid-specific supplies
  10. If your university keeps you on the move, these items ensure you stay up to date with safety regulations and keep you and your peers safe.

    Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

    Face covering/mask with at least two layers of tightly woven fabric

    Note: It's important to properly clean your cloth face mask

  11. Personal responsibility
  12. Even though you can’t pack these in a suitcase, these actions protect yourself and others around you

    Hand hygiene

    Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

    If hand washing is not possible, use hand sanitizer.

    Respiratory etiquette

    Cough and sneeze into a tissue or inside your elbow then wash your hands after.

Limiting transmission in higher education

With no vaccine in sight, the question of how to reopen college campuses safely without an outbreak remains. Our individual actions help prevent Coronavirus but a recent study published in JAMA Network Open highly recommends colleges and universities provide frequent Covid testing for their students.


In their study, it found that frequent testing of students every 1-7 days, in addition to strict adherence to Covid-19 prevention practices, like handwashing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, would prevent outbreaks on campus. Schools would need to test all students, symptomatic or not, and offer rapid testing results.

If your college or university plans to reopen this fall, look for your campus’ preparation guidelines and regulations. The CDC back to school guidelines offer universities ways to encourage covid-19 prevention practices throughout campus. These guidelines change based on the location, demographics, size and academic structure of the college.

Because Covid-19 mostly spreads by respiratory droplets, controlling our personal and environmental responsibilities can reduce transmission. Handwashing, staying home when sick, wearing masks, cleaning, and disinfecting help protect yourself and others.

The University System of Georgia

The University System of Georgia (USG) plans for face to face instruction this fall but with social distancing protocols and mask requirements to reduce transmission. USG oversees 26 institutions and has asked each one to create individual plans for reopening. For all institutions, USG requires students, staff and faculty to wear masks inside campus facilities where six feet of social distancing is not possible. They also state faculty, staff and students could face discipline if repeated refusal to comply persists.

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Certain masks do help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. However, some masks may not work as well to prevent the spread as some may think.

To combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, states implemented a mask requirement and social distancing. The CDC recommends everyone wear a face mask in public spaces and where you cannot social distance.

As things return to normal, we must not forget that COVID-19 still lurks as new cases rise. Wear a mask because of the rising cases, studies that prove masks work, protecting those at high risk, avoiding superspreader events, and making other preventative measures more effective.

You can help reserve surgical masks and respirators for those on the front line by making your own! Follow face mask patterns to craft your own.

Maura Philis
Maura Philis

Digital Media Specialist and Web Copywriter. Maura credits her drive to create engaging, SEO-based content to her background studying Journalism at Georgia State University. She runs marketing campaigns from newsletter-campaigns to product-focused video content to improve end-user experience.

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