What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

-Trouble breathing

-Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

-New confusion or inability to arouse

-Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency:

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

Updated March 30, 2020