Frequently asked questions and answers about COVID-19 symptoms, quarantine and isolation:
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
- Fever (100.4◦F) or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS?
If you’re sick with any illness, please stay home or in your room and call Student Health Services to talk to an advice clinic. Student Health Services will assess your symptoms to determine if you need to get tested.
As with any sickness, like the flu or common cold, (which are different than COVID-19, but spread similarly), follow these additional guidelines to protect yourself and others. To protect yourself:
- Follow COVID protocols.
- Rest and stay hydrated.
- Clean your hands often either with soap and water for 20 seconds or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
To protect others:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Use a separate bathroom if available.
- Avoid sharing personal household items (cups, dishes, utensils, towels, bedding).
- Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces at least once a day.
- Avoid public areas/transportation.
SHOULD I GO TO THE STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES?
If you are a student and have COVID-19 symptoms please call Student Health Services to get tested. Please do not go to the UVM COVID Testing Center is you have symptoms.
WHAT IS CLOSE CONTACT?
Close contact means being within 6 feet, for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, of someone with COVID
WHAT IS QUARANTINE?
Quarantine means staying in a specific designated location (i.e., your apartment or room or in quarantine housing on campus) away from others, for the purpose of observing and monitoring your health status for the potential development of symptoms. When you are in quarantine you cannot attend school or work in person or leave the house to run errands or go grocery shopping. Quarantine is also critical in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others in our community. The Vermont Department of Health describes the kinds of activities that are and are not permissible under quarantine here.
WHY DO I NEED TO QUARANTINE IF I HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19?
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 you quarantine because you may have been infected with the virus that causes this illness. If you stay away from others after learning you were exposed you won't run the risk of spreading the virus to someone else if it turns out you are infected.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I LIVE ON CAMPUS AND NEED TO QUARANTINE DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR?
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I GET SICK OR TEST POSITIVE AND LIVE ON CAMPUS?
If you live on campus and are awaiting test results for Covid-like symptoms, you will move into isolation housing. Results are available within 24-48 hours. Students with pending results have rooms on a separate floor from those who have tested positive. UVM adheres to all CDC and Vermont physical distancing protocols.
If your test results are positive, you will move into a designated isolation space. You will have access to medical services as needed, meals delivered by Campus Dining, and we will communicate with your professors to request flexibility with academic expectations. Residential Life staff can also be a resource for you during your time in isolation housing.
WHAT AMENITIES ARE PROVIDED IN ON-CAMPUS ISOLATION HOUSING? WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
Isolation rooms are furnished and empty and look like a residence hall room when you move in for the semester. Once you enter isolation you will not be able to leave until you are healthy so plan to bring anything you might need with you, including the following:
• Phone and charger
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I GET SICK OR TEST POSITIVE AND LIVE OFF CAMPUS?
If you live off-campus and get sick you should stay in a separate room from other members of your household with the door closed and avoid all contact with them and any pets that may live with you.Do not use the kitchen or any other common spaces. If possible, please use a separate bathroom; if you can't, wear a mask and disinfect all surfaces you touch. If you need groceries or medication, plan to have friends, housemates, or a delivery service like Instacart or BBZ Delivery Collective get them for you and have your roommate put your delivery right outside your room. Student Health Services can communicate with you Deans and professors to request flexibility with academic expectations.
If you live off-campus and cannot manage these requirements, Student Health Services can support you in moving to isolation housing.
WHAT ARE THE ISOLATION REQUIREMENTS?
• Do not leave your designated space for any reason, except to seek additional medical treatment.
• Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
• Wear a mask whenever you open your door or go to the bathroom.
For more information, the Vermont Department of Health has created a useful graphic providing guidance on quarantine and isolation.
WILL UVM NOTIFY MY FAMILY IF I TEST POSITIVE?
For students 18 and over, UVM adheres to FERPA privacy laws. We can only share protected health information with your formal consent. We encourage you to let your family and loved ones know if you get sick.
Vaccines are readily available in Vermont. Please see UVM Forward for more information on accessing vaccinations.