About COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a large, very common, family of viruses. Most often, human coronaviruses commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide. More virulent strains can emerge like Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and this novel coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19.

As of March 9, 2020: The best current medical knowledge indicates that approximately 85% of those with confirmed COVID-19 infections experience only mild illness, with cough and fever. Roughly 15%, generally older individuals or those with underlying medical issues, can suffer from more severe symptoms. Fewer still, about 5%, can become critically ill. We have a collective responsibility to mitigate the spread of this disease to protect those more vulnerable.

While the chance of becoming gravely ill remains relatively low, the threat of this illness can generate very real anxiety with its own set of symptoms. The effects of this outbreak have already touched the lives of many in the Penn community, either personally or through those they love. With this in mind, we have gathered information from trusted sources and resources from reliable organizations to help members of the Penn community to remain healthy, safe and productive.

Risk and Testing Guides from Wellness @ Penn

Do I Need to Self-Isolate for Covid-19?

Learn more about the risks associated with contact. 

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Should I be tested for COVID-19?

Know when to seek medical evaluation, practice social distancing and to monitor for symptoms.

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Symptoms Comparison

Symptoms comparison chart between Covid-19, Cold, Flu, and Seasonal Allergies.

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