Evaluate Your Symptoms

Before you rush out to the doctor, the CDC recommends steps you should take when you are feeling ill. Stop and consider your symptoms before rushing to the emergency room or urgent care.

It is important to remember that right now we are in the middle of cold, flu and allergy season, so many of the symptoms you might be experiencing could be related to other conditions.

 What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe. Coronavirus symptoms can surface between 2-12 days after exposure.

According to the CDC, symptoms of the coronavirus are:

  • fever
  • cough 
  • shortness of breath

Those with severe symptoms often experience:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Body Aches
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

If you experience severe symptoms, contact your medical provider immediately.

What are the Symptoms of the Flu?

Flu symptoms are similar to Coronavirus symptoms.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Runny/Stuffy Nose
  • Fatigue

What are the Symptoms of a Cold?

The symptoms of a cold are not as severe and they don’t typically last as long.

  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny/Stuffy Nose
  • Congestion

 If you are sick 

  • Contact your school: Communicate with your campus and professors to develop a plan. 
  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. 
  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas. 
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. 

Read more about preventing illness and spreading illness, as recommended by SUNY.

 If a family member is sick 

  • Make sure that you understand and can help the patient follow their healthcare provider’s instructions for medication(s) and care. Monitor the patient’s symptoms. If the patient is getting sicker, call his or her healthcare provider and tell them that the patient has laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected. Ask the healthcare provider to call the local or state health department for additional guidance.  
  • Household members should stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as possible. Prohibit visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home. 
  • Household members should care for any pets in the home. Do not handle pets or other animals while sick.  For more information, see COVID-19 and Animals. 
  • Perform hand hygiene frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Discuss any additional questions with your state or local health department or healthcare provider. Check available hours when contacting your local health department.