As Gators, we are characterized by our resilience as well as our commitment to caring for one another. In that vein, UF seeks to make sure all members of our community know how they can protect themselves and others with respect to public health concerns. This page also serves as a hub for campus guidance related to COVID-19 and monkeypox.
With regard to COVID-19, the university recommends – but does not require – people to wear masks on campus and encourages everyone to get vaccinated and stay current with boosters to minimize COVID-related risks. Further, the university is monitoring the spread of monkeypox and urges people who have been exposed or who develop a rash to consult the Student Health Care Center or their private physician.
For additional detail on campus policies related to COVID or monkeypox, please view the Campus Updates section of this page. Please also visit coronavirus.ufhealth.org , UF Health's monkeypox page or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for additional information on both viruses.
We have now entered a phase of the COVID-19 pandemic that enables us to largely return to normal operations, on campus and in our communities. While cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported, nearly 70% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. Public health officials and others indicate we have reached the point where COVID-19 will be with us in some form for the foreseeable future, much like the flu and other illnesses. Click here to read more > > >
With many people traveling for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season, we write to raise awareness of several circulating respiratory illnesses. As has been widely reported, cases of the flu are rising in Florida as well as nationally, with outpatient visits and hospitalizations also beginning to spike. Similarly, COVID-19 cases are increasing locally as new immune-evasive variants circulate and previous immunity wanes. Cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), which is most severe in children, also remain high. Click here to read more > > >