Published: Sept. 8, 2020

student sick in bed

Whether you’re feeling sick with a cold, flu or COVID-19, there are campus resources to help. Here is what you should do if you feel sick.

Stay home

If you think you may have the cold, flu or COVID-19, stay home. Most people with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms similar to a cold or the flu. If possible, stay in the same room and avoid going out in public except to seek medical attention.

Give notice

If you will miss class or work due to illness, give your professors or boss a heads up. Let them know that you aren’t feeling well and will be staying home. Be sure to ask about making up assignments, projects or exams if you are going to be out that day. 

Call ahead

If you’re feeling sick, contact a medical professional to talk through your symptoms and treatment options before seeking in-person support. Students can contact the 24/7 NurseLine provided by Medical Services by calling 303-492-5101. This line connects students with a registered nurse to discuss symptoms and treatment options, including when it’s appropriate to take care of yourself at home or seek medical attention. 

If you or someone you know is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who might have COVID-19. Please call your medical provider if you experience any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Make an appointment at the Public Health Clinic

Students who call the 24/7 NurseLine will be automatically transferred to the Public Health Clinic for guidance and to make an appointment if needed. You can also make an appointment by calling Medical Services at 303-492-5432 or schedule online through the MyCUHealth portal. The Public Health Clinic provides in-person appointments and virtual appointments through telehealth. An appointment is required to visit the Public Health Clinic. Students who show up without an appointment will not be seen.

During your appointment, a medical provider will review your symptoms, discuss testing options if needed and provide additional resources to help you feel better. 

For more information about illness prevention and information, please visit the Protect Our Herd website.