Guidance for People with Symptoms

Anyone with symptoms (cough, fever, difficulty breathing) should call their healthcare provider for guidance and separate themselves from others. Do NOT go to the emergency room unless medically necessary in order to ensure hospital resources are available for those with the most critical needs.


COVID-19 symptoms may include: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*This list is not all-inclusive. For the most current list of symptoms visit the CDC. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


Any of the above symptoms that are manageable without medical care. 

Make sure to isolate yourself.
If you are an older adult, or you have certain underlying medical conditions, you may want to check in with a health care provider to be prepared in case of worsening symptoms. 

Consider a nurseline or telehealth


Symptoms for which you need medical care, but it isn’t an emergency.

Continue to isolate yourself.

Consider a telehealth or nurseline.


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

Call 911 and tell the dispatcher your symptoms.

If you go to a hospital without calling 911, call the hospital ahead of time and tell them your symptoms. 

Definition of Household

  • For single-family houses, apartments, or other similar housing, a household consists of the members of that house/unit. (Note that some units are subject to occupancy limits under local or state laws.)
  • For dormitories or other congregate housing (e.g. sororities and fraternities), a household consists of the person who lives in the room and any person with whom they share a room in which they both sleep (i.e. roommate.)
    • A dormitory, sorority, or fraternity, therefore, may consist of manyseparate households.
    • In these situations, residents should wear masks when in common areas with members of other households.


What is quarantining?

CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator


As of August 11, 2022, the CDC recommends that instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.