Check here for general information about COVID-19, such as what it is and how it spreads, what the common symptoms are, what to do if one is exposed and where to go for campus resources if one feels anxious.
About COVID-19 FAQs
CU Boulder Medical Services is updating coronavirus health information on the Coronavirus Health Information page.
Updates can be found at the Boulder County Public Health COVID-19 webpage.
Symptoms: Fever, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
For the majority of confirmed cases, symptoms have been mild and resolved after several days.
When to contact a health care professional:
If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
We recommend the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information and national data.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
•Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
•New loss of taste or smell
This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
If you have been near individuals being tested for COVID-19:
In Colorado, you do not need to be tested for COVID-19 unless you develop lower-respiratory infection, a fever of 100.5 or higher, cough and shortness of breath. Consult with your physician if someone you were recently near receives a positive diagnosis. Public health officials will contact those who were known to have come into close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and will provide guidance on next steps. Advice might include staying home for up to 14 days and consulting with your medical provider if you feel you are coming down with symptoms.
If you were around individuals who later tested positive:
The need for testing depends on the amount of time you were near an individual who has tested positive and whether the individual was masked. Your health care provider may recommend that you stay home for up to 14 days, though testing is not mandatory. Call your medical provider directly if you would like to be tested before heading to a clinic or hospital. In Colorado, you only need to be tested if you develop a lower-respiratory infection, a fever of 100.5 or higher, cough or shortness of breath.
If you shared food or drinks with someone who later tested positive:
COVID-19 can live on hard surfaces such as tables, chairs and countertops, and it is advisable to wipe down hard surfaces before eating and drinking and to avoid sharing plates, glasses and cutlery to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information about self-quarantine versus self-isolation, visit www.colorado.edu/healthcenter/coronavirus.
If you suspect you have been near someone who is being tested or has tested positive for COVID-19, it is important to follow guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Depending on your unique situation, public health officials may ask you to stay home for up to 14 days.
Avoid Jumping to Conclusions
We caution against jumping to conclusions. Do not assume that a person being tested for COVID-19 has already received a positive diagnosis. Risk factors may vary based on relevant circumstances. For example, being in a large, well-ventilated classroom or walking by someone on the street poses a lower risk than sitting directly next to an individual or living with someone who has actually tested positive. Ultimately, public health officials are best positioned to evaluate if an individual is at risk based on the circumstances of the potential contact.
There are resources available for members of the CU Boulder community experiencing personal impacts due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. All members of the CU Boulder community have access to services that may be helpful.
Campus support resources, CU Boulder has many support and advocacy resources available for our campus community.
Boulder County Public Health, the lead agency on presumptive and positive cases of COVID-19 in Boulder County.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado’s lead public health agency, which tracks the occurrence of infectious diseases across the state.
3 Key Ways We Can Support Each Other
- Help communicate accurate information. Please assist in dispelling misinformation and rumors, particularly on social media.
- Show your care for each other. Based on fear of the virus, people can make the mistake of attributing it to entire groups of people, and this can lead to bias and prejudice. The university has received reports of instances where individuals on our campus have felt unwelcome, excluded or targeted. We are stronger as a community when we work together to stand against racism, discrimination and harassment—which has no place on our campus. Don’t Ignore It.
- Connect with all of the campus resources listed on this webpage if you feel stressed or worried.