Quarantine and Self-Isolation FAQ

Latest Update: March 15, 2021

Please note that the information in this FAQ is subject to change in accordance with French Health Ministry guidelines as they evolve.

  • List of pharmacies that perform the new ART test (Antigenic Rapid Test)
  • If you have to self-isolate, use our delivery services list to get what you need.
  • If you are looking for a laboratory to get a PCR test, please consult our Covid testing centers document.
  • For all health-related questions, please contact the AUP Office of Health and Wellness at healthataup.edu.
  • For other concerns related to balancing your academics with your health and wellbeing, please contact an AUP Guidance Counselor: Pamela Montfort (pmontfortataup.edu) or Charlotte Vernier (cvernierataup.edu).
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Testing and Quarantine FAQ

What should I do if I’m not feeling well?

Students experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 should stay home and contact a doctor. The AUP Health Office can assist students with referrals and booking appointments, including remote sessions with a general practitioner. Students who miss class should be in touch directly with their faculty and provide a doctor’s note when possible.

Your doctor may prescribe a Covid-PCR test depending on the situation. If this test is positive, a French health authorities or your doctor will be in touch to require a period of self-isolation and to identify contact cases. When possible, students who are required to self-isolate should provide a medical note to their faculty and carry on with coursework remotely if they are feeling well enough. Students who are not well will be followed by French health authorities, their doctor and the Health Office.  

When should I be tested?

The PT-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tells you whether you currently have Covid-19. It's administered by a viral swipe taken through the nose. This test is recommended in three cases:




You had direct, face-to-face contact at less than one meter with Covid-positive person and at least one of you wasn’t wearing a mask. If you do not live with the person who is Covid-positive, you should wait seven days before taking the test to avoid an unreliable result. (People whom you cross fleetingly in the public domain or who are wearing masks are not considered to be risk contacts.)


Yes. You should self-isolate immediately. If your test result is positive, then you should continue to self-isolate at a minimum 10 days, and until you are fully recovered. If your result is negative, it is unlikely that you have contracted Covid-19, but you are still required to self-isolate for 7 days after your first contact with the person who tested positive for Covid-19, albeit with lighter restrictions (see below).



You live with a suspected or confirmed Covid-positive person. You should take the test as soon as possible.


Yes. You should self-isolate immediately. If you feel you need to be moved, contact AUP Residential Life. If you test positive, you should continue to self-isolate at a minimum 10 days, and until you are fully recovered. If you test negative, you should continue to self-isolate and you must be tested again seven days after the person who contracted Covid-19 has made a full recovery. If the test is again negative, you shift to a lighter quarantine for seven more days before ending self-isolation (see below).

You are experiencing typical Covid-19 symptoms and a doctor prescribes the test. In many cases, if the two points above are not applicable, the doctor will simply ask you to monitor the symptoms without prescribing a test unless the symptoms persist.


Yes. You should stay home until you are feeling better. When possible, provide a doctor’s note to your faculty.


How do I monitor my health if I test positive?
  • If you test positive for PCR, whether or not you have symptoms of Covid-19, you will generally recover in a few days with some rest. In the meantime, keep an eye on any symptoms to see if they improve or worsen. 
  • Take your temperature twice a day 
  • If you have a fever or a headache, take paracetamol: please ask advice from a GP for the dosage that may be effective for you. Avoid ibuprofen, or another anti-inflammatory medicine 
  • If you are taking medication for another illness, don’t stop the treatment; if in doubt, contact your GP for advice 
  • Don’t start taking any other medicines without a GP’s advice 
  • If you have trouble breathing, call the SAMU (dial 15) immediately. 
  • Stay in touch with the AUP Health Office for support and advice. Remember that ISOS can also provide 24/7 support.
What if I had contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 but we were both wearing masks?

French health authorities consider this a low-risk contact. They advise you to monitor your health for 7 days after the initial exposure and to keep a close on your temperature. There is no need to self-quarantine or to get tested. If symptoms appear, you should see a doctor and ask for a prescription to be tested.

What should I do if my roommates or someone I live with tests positive for Covid-19?

In this case you will be contacted by French health authorities and should self-isolate immediately and make an appointment with a doctor to be tested. If you test positive for Covid-19, self-isolate until you are fully recovered. If you test negative, you should continue to self-isolate and monitor symptoms and must be tested again seven days after the Covid-19 person has made a full recovery. If the second test is also negative, you may loosen the self-isolation measures but should continue to self-isolate for an additional seven days, See below for more about how to self-isolate.

Strict quarantine: how do I organize my self-isolation?

The following are guidelines provided by French health authorities if you or someone you are living with test positive for Covid-19. Please contact the AUP Health Office and Residential Life for questions related to your specific case.

  • After consulting your doctor, stay home, assuming your living situation is suitable 
  • Your doctor will prescribe masks for the duration of the self-isolation 
  • Provide a doctor’s note to your faculty and plan on carrying on your coursework remotely assuming you are feeling well enough to do so
  • If sharing with others, stay in a separate room and keep the door closed. Don’t share a bed with anyone and don’t eat in communal spaces. 
  • Avoid contact with people living under the same roof; don’t touch or kiss anyone.  
  • Wear a mask in the presence of others. 
  • If possible, use a different bathroom and toilet to other people you live with. If this is not possible, make sure these spaces are cleaned regularly. Make sure everyone in the house washes their hands before and after using these shared spaces. 
  • Stay at least one meter away from others and limit discussions to 15 minutes. 
  • Don’t spend time with higher-risk individuals: people over 65; people with chronic illnesses like high-blood pressure, diabetes or cardiovascular disease; people with high obesity; third-trimester pregnant women. 
  • Wash your hands often with water and soap, and use a personal towel. 
  • Use a paper tissue when you sneeze or cough, then throw it in a trash can and immediately wash your hands. 
  • Don’t share everyday personal belongings: towels, soap, silverware, plates, phones, and so forth. 
  • If you are self-isolating on your own, ask close friends or family members to deliver your medication, groceries or meals or have these things delivered. Ask for these deliveries to be left at the door to minimize interpersonal contact. 
  • If you need medical or housekeeping help at home, the same person should always provide this help if possible. This person must wash their hands often and wear a mask. 
  • Provide regular updates to your relatives, close friends and the AUP Health Office
  • If you have to go to the doctor, the pharmacy, or the laboratory, wash your hands before leaving, wear a mask, stay away from others the whole time you are outside, and don’t stay out for long; check with your medical providers ahead of time to see if a remote session is possible
Lighter quarantine: if I haven’t tested positive but need to self-isolate because I’m not feeling well or have come into contact with someone Covid positive (see above), what guidelines should I follow?

Respect the following guidelines regarding this preventative quarantine:

  • Only go out to buy essential products 
  • Wear a mask every time you go out 
  • Follow your classes remotely
  • Don’t take public transportation 
  • Avoid all contact with people at a higher risk from Covid-19: people over 65, people who are overweight, people with chronic illness and pregnant women in their third trimester.
  • To protect yourself and others: continue to respect social distancing, wash your hands frequently, stay at least one meter away from others and wear a mask   


Take your temperature twice a day and keep an eye on the following symptoms: 

  • fever or a feeling of feverishness, chills 
  • cough, sore throat, runny nose 
  • difficulty breathing or chest tightness 
  • unusual intense fatigue 
  • unusual muscle pains 
  • unusual headaches 
  • loss of smell 
  • loss of taste 
  • diarrhea 
Do you have any sanitary tips for my apartment?

Yes. Clean your apartment regularly keeping the following in mind:

  • Ventilate the room you are staying in for ten minutes several times a day by opening windows. 
  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces – doorknobs, bathroom furniture, toilets, carpets and so forth – with my usual cleaning products, before then applying a product containing 70% alcohol or bleach and rinsing. 
  • Clean your dishes separately, with your own dish-soap, and dry them with our own dishtowel or you can use the dishwasher at 60°. 
  • Wash your laundry (linens, towels) at 60° for 30 minutes or more. 
  • Use kitchen tools like a sponge or a mop to avoid spreading dust. Don’t use the vacuum cleaner. 
  • After cleaning, wash your hands with soap and dry them. 
  • Get rid of any garbage that could be contaminated (or follow garbage disposal instructions if you have relocated) 
  • Use a plastic garbage bag (opaque, 30 liters max, closed garbage bag with ties) 
  • Keep this bag in your room 
  • Reserve this bag for the disposal of masks, paper tissues,    wipes, and all other disinfecting waste 
  • When the bag is full, put it in a second bag 
  • Don’t touch the bag for 24 hours 
  • Throw this bag in the building’s non-recyclable trash container 

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