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.
Symptoms: Fever, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
For the majority of confirmed cases, symptoms have been mild and resolved after several days.
When to contact a health care professional:
If you have spent time in impacted areas during the past 14 days and have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
If you have had recent contact with a coronavirus case and are experiencing a fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chest pain).
If you have underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer and have recently come into contact with someone who is undergoing testing or has tested positive for this infectious disease.
If seeking medical care and you suspect coronavirus, call ahead and let the medical office or emergency room know about your symptoms and any recent travel.
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.
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. Whether individuals have loved ones in affected areas or other connections to people impacted by the outbreak, all members of the CU Boulder community have access to services that may be helpful.