COVID-19 | Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
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A Message from the Dean

Washington University has taken major steps to try to slow down the spread of the coronavirus and reduce the risk to our community. To this end, we made the decision to finish up our spring semester via online learning options. Summer opportunities will now also be made virtual. 

The Brown School mobilized to maintain our academic and research mission and to ensure our students receive the credits they need to complete their degrees. On this page, you will find resources for students, faculty, staff, field instructors and others. You should regularly check your email for updates from the administration, your individual course instructors, practicum sites and more. Please also pay close attention to your health and minimize your risk of getting sick. You will find some reliable sources of information at the bottom of this page. 

Sudden shifts such as these in academic, research and business operations are likely to create many questions and raise anxiety. (Some key tips for managing this anxiety are located here.)  We will try to support you in whatever ways we can, and keep this site updated. Please also know that we will make decisions to protect the health of our Brown School community and our region. 

During times of crisis, it is important to learn on our core values to guide us. Your commitment to protecting the health and safety of each other, supporting and connecting in times of challenge and uncertainty, and your willingness to be flexible, patient, calm and positive in a crisis demonstrate a set of shared values that is inspirational. I invite you to read my full statement on how we have to lean on these values to move forward, together. 

- Mary McKay
   Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School

To the right, you will find various Brown School resources, FAQ, and more.  Keep scrolling down for more information and resources on the virus itself. 

General Virus Information and Resources

In order to stay informed and prepared, we encourage you to monitor websites with reliable, science-based information.

Brown SChool Resources


Even though St. Louis had not seen many confirmed COVID-19 cases when this decision was made, reducing numbers of individuals in close proximity (like universities) can help slow the inevitable transmission of this disease. This more gradual outbreak, or “flattening of the curve” means that our healthcare system, our first responders, and other infrastructure will be better able to manage this public health crisis, and we can help prevent serious illness and fatalities of those most at risk. (The risk is greatest to those who are elderly or have pre-existing medical conditions.) This site is helpful in monitoring U.S. cases, and also depicts a graphic of "curve" mentioned above. 

What if I feel ill?

The main symptoms of COVID-19 illness include fever, cough, headache, muscle aches and difficulty breathing. Based on current information, symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after initial exposure to the disease and can be transmitted from inhaling or touching infected droplets — usually through a cough or sneeze — from an infected person. If you are student showcasing symptoms, and are located in St. Louis, you should contact: Habif Health and Wellness, 314-935-4129. We encourage people with symptoms of fever and cough to call first so we can triage them.  If you have a personal doctor, you can contact them for further instruction.