COVID 19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions are more likely to develop serious illness. Anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die at any age.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
According to the CDC, people with COVID 19 can have a wide range of symptoms which may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms may range from mild to severe and include: Fever, cough, shortness of breath of difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
Self-administered Rapid Antigen tests for COVID 19 are available at the Health Center and in Morris Hall. These may be used for routine surveillance, following exposure to someone with COVID, or for mild symptoms.
Symptomatic students may also call the Health Center for an appointment to be evaluated and for a Rapid PCR COVID test. If it is after hours and you are having symptoms, testing and acute care are also available in the community at Well Now and Convenient Care clinics. (See Emergencies and after-hours concerns)
Additional information on testing
Students who test positive are required to self-isolate and report immediately to the online self-reporting tool. Students who live on campus will be moved to an Isolation dorm for the duration of their mandatory Isolation. Off campus students will also be counseled by the QI team regarding isolation. Additional information on Isolation requirements: NYS page on Isolation | CDC page on Isolation
What to do if you are Exposed to COVID 19
If you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID 19 you should wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and consider self-testing on Day 5. If you develop symptoms, you should self-isolate and test. Additional information on what to do if you are exposed to COVID-19
There are many ways your actions can help protect you and those around you from severe illness from COVID-19. CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels provide information about the amount of severe illness in the community where you are located to help you decide when to take action to protect yourself and others. For example, when Community Levels are medium or high, it is recommended that you wear a high-quality mask when indoors in public.
In addition to basic health and hygiene practices, like handwashing, CDC recommends some prevention actions at all COVID-19 Community Levels, which include:
- Staying Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines
- Improving Ventilation
- Getting Tested for COVID-19 If Needed
- Following Recommendations for What to Do If You Have Been Exposed
- Staying Home If You Have Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
- Seeking Treatment If You Have COVID-19 and Are at High Risk of Getting Very Sick
- Avoiding Contact with People Who Have Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
All student information held at the Health Center is strictly confidential and will not be released without written or phone consent by the student and/or as required by law. Students under 18 years of age, must have parental permission to be seen and treated at the Health Center except for emergency situations, emancipated minors, or reproductive health issues.