I’m not feeling well; what should I do?

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
  • Fatigue
  • Other symptoms like body aches, sore throat, headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, chills, shortness of breath 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.


Everyone should practice social distancing and good hygiene. UB is asking members of the campus community to follow these public health recommendations to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Cover your cough
  • Sneeze into a tissue
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others*
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay in your apartment or residence hall room when you are sick

For your day-to-day life in the coming weeks or months, this guidance translates to the following points:

  • Do not get together with groups of friends for parties, study sessions or hang outs. Even something simple like sitting on a couch with others to watch a movie goes against CDC recommendations.
  • Strictly minimize the network of people you maintain in-person contact with.
  • Limit shopping trips to those needed for essential supplies.
  • Avoid any unnecessary travel.
  • Continue to follow tips for frequent and thorough handwashing and sanitation of regularly touched surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Learn the CDC recommendations for what to do if you are sick.

*The CDC provides guidance for those wishing to make their own face covering https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-n

Updated March 22, 2020