General Information

  • COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus that spreads from person to person.
  • The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, talking or laughing. Droplets not blocked by masks can travel up to 6 feet. Masks are meant to decrease the chance of you spreading the virus to others.
  • COVID-19 is usually a self-limited illness with most people experiencing mild to moderate respiratory illness and recovery without requiring special treatment.
  • While most patients have mild to moderate symptoms, some can develop serious illness that requires hospitalization. This may develop after a week of illness.
Personal Care
  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) 650 mg every 6 hours and/or Ibuprofen (Advil®) 600 mg every 6-8 hours as needed to reduce fever, aches or other pains
  • Treat any bothersome symptoms with over-the-counter medication
Limit the spread to others
  • Isolate yourself as completely as possible. On-campus isolation housing will be offered depending on space availability.
  • Isolation means:
    • Avoid interacting with anyone who has not been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • Do not go out for meals. If you isolate on campus, you can call Aramark at 540-568-6751 to help arrange food delivery. If you live off-campus and have a meal plan, you should also call Aramark at that same number to discuss options.
    • You must stay within the confines of the isolation space and no one may visit you.
    • You may only leave the isolation space for a health care visit due to worsening of your symptoms.
    • Stay in isolation for at least 10 days from the onset of illness. In addition, your fever must be gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and any other symptoms are improving or resolved.
    • Wear a mask if you must be around anyone else.
    • Wash hands frequently.
    • Wipe down any surfaces or objects you have used or touched before others use or touch them.
    • Contain coughs and sneezes using the mask AND a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
    • Contact the Dean of Students (540-568-6468 or by email to and contact all of your professors to let them know you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Set up a plan with each professor related to your academic demands.
When to seek further evaluation:
  • Feeling short of breath or having trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to become fully awake
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Symptoms last over 10 days and get worse instead of better

 If you are unsure whether you need to be seen again, call the UHC at 540-568-6178 and ask to speak to a nurse.

 If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are getting worse:
  • Call 540-568-6178 and speak to a nurse if you feel well enough to see a medical provider at the UHC.
  • If you feel the need to go to the Emergency Department, call ahead to let them know you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • If you call 911 related to a COVID-19 illness, be sure to give the emergency operator that information.
  • We do not recommend seeking care at any local Urgent care facility. If your symptoms are too serious for the UHC, you should go to the Emergency Department of the local hospital.
 General Information
  1. How to protect yourself and others:
  2. What to do if you are sick:

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