Symptoms and Risk

Call Student Health with questions about COVID-19 or health-related travel questions at 215-746-3535. They have increased staff capacity in anticipation of increased call volume.

Students are strongly discouraged from using the Emergency Department except for emergency situations (e.g. difficulty breathing, chest pain).

  1. How do I know if my symptoms are COVID-19 or something else?

    Symptoms Comparison

    COVID-19

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Difficulty Breathing

    Influenza-like Illness

    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Muscle/ aches
    • Fatigue
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or stuffy nose

    Common Cold

    • Sneezing
    • Stuffy nose
    • Sore throat

    Allergies

    • Sneezing
    • Running or stuffy nose
    • Watery eyes
  2. I’ve traveled and have symptoms. What should I be looking for?

    Symptoms

    1. Fever OR lower respiratory illness AND close contact with a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 case within 14 days of symptom onset.
    2. Fever AND lower respiratory illness requiring hospitalization AND history of travel from affected geographic areas within 14 days of symptom onset.
    3. Fever AND severe lower respiratory illness requiring hospitalization AND no other identified exposure.
  3. What is my risk level for contracting COVID-19?

    High Risk

    • Travel from Hubei Province, China OR housemate, roommate, caretaker, or intimate partner for a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 case.

    Medium Risk

    • Travel from CDC Level 3 Country OR housemate, roommate, caretaker, or intimate partner for a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 case.
    • Travel from CDC Level 3 Country OR being on an aircraft seated within 6 feet (2 meters) of a traveler with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case

    Low Risk

    • Travel from any other country OR sharing the same indoor environment as a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time but NOT meeting the close contact definition

    No Risk

    • Interactions with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case that does not meet any of the risk conditions above.
  4. What action is recommended for different levels of exposure?

    • High Risk Exposure (e.g. roommate, sexual partner): you should self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms
    • Medium Risk Exposure (e.g. same place same time for an extended time; within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes): you should self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms
    • Low Risk Exposure (e.g. same place same time but large venue) : you should monitor for symptoms

Page last updated March 13, 2020 - 8:19pm