According to the CDC, coronavirus symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
It is recommended that if you develop emergency warning signs, including those listed below*, that you seek 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 inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
For additional information, reference the CDC website.
Have there been positive cases of COVID-19 at UCF?
UCF has already seen some employees and students test positive for COVID-19. The vast majority of UCF’s cases have involved students who are either asymptomatic or experienced only minor symptoms.
Most of the recent cases involve students who said they have not been on campus during the time they could have impacted others. Many are the result of our contact tracing efforts – reaching out to others who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive and testing them. We hope these efforts will help to reduce the spread as more members of the UCF community become aware they have tested positive.
We encourage anyone who finds themselves experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested at one of the UCF testing sites or at a location near them. Testing is important for tracking the virus and tracing to prevent further community spread, and we are already seeing that this process is effective.
The Department of Health is notifying UCF of all known or suspected cases at UCF, and confirmed cases will be shared via a forthcoming dashboard feature on the COVID-19 website that will list confirmed cases of COVID-19 that involve a student or faculty or staff member. The dashboard will be generic in nature, in accordance with medical and student privacy laws and public health best practices. We will update you when the dashboard is published.
How will UCF trace and track cases of COVID-19?
Robust tracing of COVID-19 cases at UCF will help the university identify and contain potentially impacted populations. UCF will continue to partner with state and local health officials to regularly monitor rates of new cases. Student volunteers will partner with the Florida Department of Health as contact tracers beginning this summer and will work with faculty from the College of Medicine and College of Nursing.
How can I protect myself from becoming infected?
While there is no vaccine for COVID-19, basic principles apply that can keep you healthy just like with the flu.
The CDC recommends that everyone should:
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid close contact
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
For more details, visit the CDC website on protecting yourself and others.
Should I wear a face mask if I'm not sick?
You should cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected; however, you will still need to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others, as it is not a substitute for physical distancing.
Visit the CDC website for more information about the proper user of cloth face coverings.
Can you get the virus from going in a swimming pool?
It’s not the pool water that might expose you to the virus, but maybe the door handles and other objects that people are having a lot of contact with. Be sure to wash your hands frequently.
I am a UCF employee. Should I continue to report to work?
Starting Friday, March 27, only those employees who have been identified as essential; whose job functions require them to report to campus; and whose supervisors have approved them continuing to work on campus should be at UCF. Only essential employees who meet all three of these criteria will have key card access to campus buildings. If you are unsure about how this applies to you, talk to your supervisor about what the “stay at home” order entails.
Starting Friday, March 27, through April 9, UCF will provide paid administrative leave to employees who are unable to work on campus and unable to work remotely. This leave applies to faculty, administrative and USPS employees. With the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act now in effect, faculty and staff — along with eligible OPS employees — may qualify for emergency leave. All other faculty, administrative, and USPS employees who do not qualify for the federal aid and who cannot work remotely will be provided administrative leave. Employees not available for work due to illness or personal time must take sick or annual leave per UCF policy.
More detailed guidance about the federal legislation will be shared soon with employees, supervisors and HR liaisons.