Symptoms to look out for with COVID-19

· Nasal congestion, and/or sore throat, and/or Headache
· Cough
· Fever and/ or chills
· Fatigue with or without activities and/or generalized weakness
· Sudden loss of smell and/or taste
· Shortness of breath
· Muscle aches and pains
· Loss of appetite, and/or nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, and/or abdominal pain
· Discoloration of fingers and toes, hands and feet and/or any new generalized rashes
· Confusion, or loss of balance, or localized muscle weakness

Separate yourself from others to prevent the spread of virus

Think you might be exposed?

You had to be within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or for someone who tested positive but is not sick, 2 days prior to the positive test) or share food and drink or kissed or share toothbrush with them.  Wearing a cloth face mask helps but does not preclude you from being a close contact, so staying >6 feet apart is important.  You would not be a close contact if you are wearing proper PPE (personal protective equipment).

If you are exposed, don’t Panic.   Stay in your room and minimize your interactions with others.  During any essential interaction. you should keep your mask on and stay at least 6 feet distance apart from others.  Please contact your Student Health Center for guidance.

Testing for COVID 19 available at the SHC and locally in Fredericksburg

If you are sick, you may contact the Student Health Center from 8am-4pm for an evaluation and for possible testing.  After hours, you can also go to local urgent care centers for testing. If you are unable to go to an urgent care, you can contact your Residence life representative.  Stay in your room and keep your mask on and stay at least 6 feet distance apart from others, avoid all but essential interactions with others.

 Practice self-care if you have COVID-19

  • Rest – it is important to get adequate rest and sleep. This will keep your immune system strong.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – Viral infections are dehydrating. Drink enough so that your urine is a normal pale color.  Water, soup, fruit juice, and hot tea with lemon are good choices.
  • Take OTC (Over-the-counter) medications for symptoms if needed.
    • Tylenol or Ibuprofen to reduce fever or relieve body aches.
    • Use petroleum jelly on sore skin that may occur around your nose and/or lips from increase use of tissues.
    • Sore throat can be relieved with fluid, or cough drops or Benzocaine containing lozenges i.e. Cepacol or Chloraceptic 

*Please read and follow all instructions on OTC labels.

When should you call for help?

Call campus police or 911 if you have life-threatening symptoms, such as:

  • You have trouble breathing. (You can’t speak a full sentence.)
  • You have constant chest pain or pressure.
  • You are severely dizzy or lightheaded.
  • You are confused or can’t think clearly.
  • Your face and lips have a blue color.
  • You feel like passing out (lose consciousness) or is having hard time keeping awake.

Call your doctor or a health care provider

  • You are coughing up blood (more than about 1 teaspoon).
  • You have signs of low blood pressure. These include feeling lightheaded; being too weak to stand; and having cold, pale, clammy skin.
  • Feel short of breath when walking from bed to bathroom.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your symptoms get worse.
  • You are not getting better as expected.

Call before you go to the doctor’s office.  Follow their instructions. And wear a mask.


Proper use of masks/facial covering

The purpose of everyone wearing a mask with others is three fold. First is to protect others by keeping some of the virus in when you have symptoms or prior to having symptoms. Second, it acts to keep some of the virus out that is coming from others. Third, wearing a mask serves to remind you not to touch your face. If everyone wears a mask, then there are fewer viral droplets and aerosols in the air in enclosed spaces. When wearing a mask or face covering, it is important to remember not to touch your mask or your face under the mask.