Health Information

About Coronavirus

Is there a vaccine for the coronavirus? 

Yes! Please see our vaccines page for more information.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.  

  • 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

Is there a treatment for COVID-19?

No.  There is at this time no treatment for COVID-19 other than supportive care, meaning analgesia (Tylenol) if needed for fevers and body aches, hydration, and respiratory support through inhalers, oxygen, or respirators (intubation) in a hospital setting.  Scientists all over the world are racing to test existing medications and to identify new ones that might work, and several clinical trials are already ongoing.

When to Get Help

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

Students should call the UHS Nurse Advice Line 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.


Poster on how to stay healthy and support your immune system

"Stay Healthy: Support Your Immune System" Flyer from UHS