What are the 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. If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, stay in your apartment or residence hall room unless you need URGENT medical care. The most common symptoms reported include:

  • Fever of 100.4 F or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Other symptoms like body aches, sore throat, headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, chills, congestion or runny nose and new loss of taste or smell can also occur.

Most people have only mild to moderate symptoms and are able to manage their symptoms at home.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider. Do not go to the office before calling — that will further spread the infection.

Students who are not feeling well are encouraged to consult with their family physician or UB Student Health Services, where the staff is prepared to answer questions and provide support.

Individuals with questions related to local health department guidelines should call the Erie County Department of Health helpline at 716-858-2929.

Follow guidance from your local health department. The local health department will conduct contact tracing. If you are identified as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, a health department official will provide guidance on the precautions you should follow.

Visit the Resources section of this website for information from the New York State Department of Health on guidance for close and proximate contacts.

Emergency Care

If you experience these symptoms*, seek emergency medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

If this is a medical emergency notify the dispatcher that you have COVID-19 or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Put on your facemask before emergency medical services arrive:

  • On-campus, call University Police at 716-645-2222
  • Off-campus, dial: 911

Updated January 20, 2022