COVID Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment

Last updated Friday, April 3, 2020 at 4 p.m.

What to do if you experience symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

If you are currently off campus and experience these symptoms or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, contact your primary care physician.

If you are on campus, please call the Davison Health Center (DHC) at 860-685-2470 any time to speak with a staff member. The Health Center is open weekdays (unless otherwise announced) from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The center is not accepting walk-ins at this time. 

Possible courses of action

The possible recommendations that may be made are as follows:

SELF-MONITORING: This is the process of continually being mindful of any symptoms you develop, particularly fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Students should check their temperatures twice a day.

ISOLATION: This involves keeping those with a contagious disease away from others who are well. It is not as strict as quarantine. One may leave their residence, but should not interact with others.

QUARANTINE: This is the process of staying inside one’s residence without leaving for a specified period of time, and only when cleared by a medical professional.

If a student is assessed and believed to have COVID (test kits are extremely limited in Connecticut), they will be required to quarantine themselves for at least 14 days. If students are not already living in a single with their own bathroom and kitchen, they will be moved to another residence. Wesleyan will deliver food, supply clean linens, and remove trash that is left (double-bagged) outside the door each morning.

Students who are under quarantine must NOT leave their room for any reason during the duration of the quarantine. Health Center staff will check on them daily by phone.

If students are asymptomatic, the duration of the quarantine will be 14 days. If they have symptoms at the time of quarantine or develop symptoms during quarantine such as fever or cough, protocols for care as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control will be followed.

If students become acutely ill during quarantine, they should call the Health Center to speak with the on-call provider (available 24/7). If they feel they need emergency care, they should call 911 to be assessed and taken to the closest appropriate medical facility for care.


All community members should take the following steps to prevent the spread of illness:

  • Hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds, or if not readily available, hand sanitizer (rub into your hands until dry).
  • Avoid sick people.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Maintain 6 feet (2 meter) distance from people.
  • Frequently wipe down high-touch areas (door knobs, counters, and table tops). You may want to avoid using another person’s keyboard.
  • Avoid groups of people, particularly more than 10 in one place.
  • Do not share drinks.
  • Cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow.