We know there is concern about the transmission of the COVID-19 virus and what to do if you, a friend, or family or community member becomes ill and displays symptoms that are possibly consistent with the virus. We understand how serious this is and would like to provide you with some helpful information:
- Know the symptoms of COVID-19 as provided by the Center for Disease Control.
- The symptoms of COVID-19 can look the same as several other conditions, including seasonal allergies and influenza.
- Every virus has different patterns of transmission. COVID-19 is transmitted in ways that are similar to the common cold and flu.
- Every virus, including COVID-19, has a particular pattern of individuals who are at-risk for developing complications.
The University is following recommendations regarding cleaning and disinfecting of all areas based on the latest scientific evidence. You can do your part to help reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses by:
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Social distancing is recommended for everyone — keep six feet of space between you and others, and don’t congregate in groups of more than 10 people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or your elbow) when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that you frequently touch.
- If you are sick, stay home!
If you are concerned that you have been exposed, here are guidelines for determining the best course of action to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community members.
- If you develop symptoms, call Student Health Services (336.334.3148) or your doctor. It is very important that you call before going to their office.
- Testing can only be conducted if recommended by a physician.
- Testing is not done on healthy people. If you do not have symptoms, you cannot be screened for exposure.
- Take steps to limit your exposure to others.
Everyone has a role in helping to support the public health mandates that can reduce the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing. This is also why we have made the recent decision to have students vacate residence halls unless they receive an exception. These are difficult measures, but critical to stopping the spread of the virus and making our community safer.
The University is actively updating our dedicated COVID-19 website, which includes FAQs and resources from the CDC and our Student Health Services. The Division of Student Affairs is also maintaining a FAQ website with updated information about our departments. It is critically important to stay connected and informed during this time, so please be sure to monitor your email, visit the COVID-19 website, and follow @uncg on your social media platforms.
UNCG Division of Student Affairs