Health Information

Protecting yourself:

  • Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of SLEEP, nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise. 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (contains at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.  
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick
  • At this time, in alignment with public health guidelines, we strongly recommend that practicing physical distancing and in particular around those - or if you are one of those - who are at higher risk for developing severe disease: individuals over age 65 and people with significant underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart or lung disease, or suppressed immune systems.  
  • You also need to wear a cloth face covering when you must be in public. A bandana, fabric mask, neck gaiter or other cloth barrier may help prevent those who have mild or no COVID-19 symptoms from unknowingly spreading it to others, however it does not substitute for physical distancing and hand hygiene(link is external).
  • The CDC website has excellent resources available to guide both personal protection(link is external) and household preparation(link is external)n,Follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)(link is external) and U.S. Department of State(link is external) for travel recommendations for travel and restrictions.

Additional Information:

When to get help:

People who have a fever (>100.3F),  cough or shortness of breath should stay home, put on a (paper) mask if available, and call their healthcare provider for advice. 

Students should call the UHS Nurse Advice Line immediately at (510) 643-7197 for further guidance. 

People with milder, nonspecific symptoms such as nasal congestion or mild cough without fever should, as always, practice good hand hygiene and self-care, avoid close contact with other people, consider wearing a paper mask, and watch for worsening symptoms.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.  While much remains unclear, and epidemiology may vary depending on location, strain, and access to medical care, a pattern is emerging that:

  • Early symptoms may be nonspecific, such as fever, body aches or chills, scratchy throat, and or/mild stomach upset (diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, loss of smell)

  • A few days later a dry cough may emerge, that can worsen to start including shortness of breath over several days

  • Upper respiratory symptoms like nasal congestion or sneezing are less common

In addition, it remains true that 80% of people will have mild disease, and most - but not all - with more severe disease are older or have underlying medical conditions. And: we still don’t know how many people have no symptoms at all.