Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
The most up-to-date information and advice can be found here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
CU Boulder Services
Medical Services is now screening all people visiting Wardenburg Health Center for respiratory infections and possible COVID-19 exposure. This means that all visitors who enter the building will check in with a Medical Services staff member who will assess healthcare needs, respiratory symptoms and travel-related information. Medical Services continues to evaluate students at risk for COVID-19 infection in accordance with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommendations.
As a part of the CU Boulder community, we have a commitment to look out for one another. Take precautions to stay and keep others healthy during this time of year. It is also important that we recognize that not any one racial or ethnic population is susceptible to illness or is prone to spreading illness. This is a global issue, not a regional one.
Symptoms of COVID-19
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. Currently, the CDC lists the following signs and symptoms:
The incubation period (the time between being exposed and developing symptoms) is 2 to 14 days, with about 50% of people showing symptoms around day 5.
The CDC has created a Coronavirus Self-Checker, a guide to help you make decisions and see appropriate medical care.
Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Risk factors for severe illness are not yet clear, although older adults and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk.
Protect yourself and our community:
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The most effective ways to protect yourself and others, include:
Help protect yourself and others:
What to do if you feel sick:
If you're not feeling well, stay home and contact your health care provider or the Medical Services nurse line at 303-492-5101 for guidance.
When to seek emergency medical attention:
If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
*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.
Self-Quarantine and Self-Isolation
Self-quarantine separates people and restricts their movement if they were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Self-isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
Quarantine if exposed
For people who are not sick, but may have been exposed (in close contact with someone who is sick). You must stay away from others for 14 days to see if you get sick.
Isolation if you are sick
You must stay away from others for at least 10 days after your symptoms started and until all your symptoms have gone away.
Both isolation and quarantine can be voluntary. Colorado has the legal authority to issue quarantine orders to people who were exposed to a contagious disease. Local public health agencies have the authority to issue isolation orders for someone who is sick.
The period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure because the incubation period for this virus is 2 to 14 days.
The period of isolation or self-isolation lasts until:
If you are asked to relocate, be prepared with a "COVID-ready" isolation bag. Suggested items include: