As more information regarding COVID-19 becomes available, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions.

  • Common Reactions
    You may experience a wide range of reactions over the next few days or weeks:
    • Anxiety, worry, stress
    • Feelings of helplessness
    • Social withdrawal
    • Difficulty concentrating and sleeping
    • Anger
    • Hyper-vigilance to your health and body
  • Ways to Manage Concerns & Anxiety
    There are many simple and effective ways to manage your concerns and anxieties, including:
    • Get the facts: Stay informed with the latest resources here.
    • Keep things in perspective: Remember to take a break from watching the news and focus on the things that are positive in your life.
    • Be mindful of your assumptions about others: To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only guidance described here to determine risk of COVID-19. In line with our ICARE Values, do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin.
    • Stay healthy: Practice good hand-washing and basic hygiene. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid contact with others who are sick and stay home while sick.
    • Keep connected: Keeping in contact with friends and family can help maintain a sense of normalcy. These groups provide valuable outlets for you to share feelings and relieve stress.
    • More Resources
      If you are feeling overwhelmed with worry or anxiety, we recommend seeking additional professional support.
    • University Counseling Center – open to all Rush students and house staff.
      • Location: Available to current clients by phone only (new clients, see below)
      • Contact: (312) 942-3687
    • Rush Wellness Assistance Program – available to all Rush students, employees and their families.
      • Location: Call to schedule an appointment at a location most convenient for you
      • Hours of Operation: 24/7
      • Contact: (833) 304-3627
      • *Virtual counseling is available through Zoom; call to schedule an appointment

Adapted from University of California, Berkeley Health Services - Tang Center