What To Do If You Are Sick
What to do if you have symptoms, have had close contact* with someone with COVID-19, or have been tested for COVID-19:
Do not come to campus. If you are on campus you will need to leave immediately.
Students, notify your instructor(s). Employees, notify your supervisor and Human Resources Services.
Complete the online COVID-19 Reporting Form. The Student Health Clinic’s nurse practitioner or designee will follow up on all reports.
Contact your healthcare provider and follow their guidance.
The Student Health Clinic’s nurse practitioner or designee will follow up on all reports.
* Close contact is an individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes and was not consistently or properly wearing a face mask during the exposure. (Updated October 2020).
Symptoms of COVID-19
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported — ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever 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
This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Also see Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19 and What is the Difference Between COVID-19 and Seasonal Allergies.
CDC Protocol for Individuals Showing Symptoms, Close Contacts, and/or Tested for COVID-19
COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. If your have these symptoms or combinations of symptoms you may have COVID-19:
- A new cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition
- New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that cannot be attributed to another health condition
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Fever (100.4°F or higher)
- Chills- repeated shaking with chills
- A new loss of taste or smell
- New muscle aches that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise)
- A new sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition
- New nausea OR new vomiting OR new diarrhea
- New headache
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and test positive or if you do not get tested, you need to self-isolate at home and avoid close contact with all others until:
- At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms started, and
- You have no fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicine), and
- Your other symptoms have improved.
If you have severe, advanced immunosuppression you should self-isolate until:
- At least 20 days have passed since you had symptoms,
- Fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication), and
- Your other symptoms have improved.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and test negative and you have been identified as a close contact to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 you need to self-quarantine at home and avoid close contact with all others until:
- 14 days after your last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19.
If you have no symptoms and test positive for COVID-19 you need to self-isolate at home and avoid close contact with all others until:
- 10 days have passed since the day you were tested AND
- No symptoms since the day of testing.
If you know you have been in close contact or have been notified by public health officials that you have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 you need to self-quarantine at home and maintain physical distance (at least 6 feet) from others at all times until:
- 14 days after last contact (exposure)
It is important to note that if you are a close contact and test negative for COVID-19, you still need to quarantine for 14 days and do the following:
- Self-monitor your symptoms.
- Check your temperature twice a day.
- Watch for fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- If you are unable to physical distance at home you may need to wear a face covering
- Avoid all contact with people who are at higher risk for severe illness (unless they live in the same home and had the same exposure).
Close contact is an individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes and was not consistently or properly wearing a face mask during the exposure. (Updated October 2020)
Past COVID-19 Diagnosis
If you were previously diagnosed with COVID-19, have since recovered, and develop new symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during the three months after the date of initial symptoms you need to self isolate (again) if symptoms developed within 14 days after close contact with a new COVID-19 case.
See your healthcare provider for evaluation and possible re-testing.
If you were previously diagnosed with COVID-19, have since recovered, have no symptoms and were informed you are a close contact you do not need to retest or stay home.
- Retesting is not recommended within three month after the date of the first symptoms or date of test (if asymptomatic) for the initial COVID-19 infection.
- Quarantine is not recommended in the event of close contact with an infected person during the three month period, as long as you have no symptoms.
Hawkeye has an obligation to respect the privacy of our students/employees related to their health conditions. During this time of vigilance around COVID-19, we want to be as prompt and transparent in providing information. The college may communicate basic information about positive or presumed positive cases on campus to the Hawkeye community. However, we must also continue to handle student/employee health and personnel data in a manner that complies with state and federal laws and college policies. This includes information that a student/employee has sought COVID-19 or any other medical testing, or is absent from class for a medical condition.
Information may be shared with appropriate faculty and staff on a need-to-know basis. However, unless you have authorization from the student/employee, information about a student’s/employee’s health should not be shared beyond the need-to-know group.