COVID Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment

Last updated Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 7:30 a.m.

What to do if you experience symptoms

COVID-19 can present in diverse ways, and symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle/body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste and/or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you are ill, do not go to work or class. Contact your class dean or work supervisor. For medical advice, please contact your primary care physician or, if you are a student 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 Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Friday, 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. 

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.

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:

  • Wear a mask or face cover at all times (except when eating, showering, brushing teeth, or when alone in your room or with just a rommate)
  • 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.
  • Do not share drinks.
  • Cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow.


External Resources

This webpage catalogs important information for our University community, but is not intended to serve as a single reference about the rapidly evolving situation. Other official sources include: