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Signs & Symptoms

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Coronavirus Signs & Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Visit the CDC for updated information as it becomes available >

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What do I do if I feel sick or have these symptoms?

If you are feeling ill, it is important that you see a medical professional right away. Please call ahead and let the medical professional’s office know the symptoms you are having. Be sure to stay away from others, cover your cough and wash your hands frequently.

If you become symptomatic, you may call the UofM Health Center at 901.678.2287 to speak to someone who will give you further instructions. If you have symptoms, DO NOT go to the UofM Health Center as it is not a testing site for coronavirus.

As soon as possible, make notes about where you have been in the past two weeks and the people you have been in contact with. Should you be diagnosed with coronavirus, a medical professional will need these notes to trace the virus and help keep others healthy.

At the medical professional’s office, urgent care facility, or emergency room, you will be asked for your travel history, will be evaluated again and likely get an x-ray of the lungs, which is a critical step in diagnosing coronavirus. Depending on the results of the x-ray, you may or may not be tested for coronavirus. If you are tested for coronavirus, you can expect to get results back in 24 to 48 hours.

If you have been tested, you will be quarantined at home. If you test positive for coronavirus, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. If you don’t test positive, you still would want to stay away from others until you feel better.

Faculty & Staff: If you are displaying symptoms or believe you have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus, you must contact your healthcare provider immediately and discontinue working. After consulting your healthcare provider contact your HR Business Partner and Supervisor. Your HR Business Partner will advise you of your next steps as it relates to your work, health, leave and FMLA benefits including the Emergency Paid Sick Leave. 


Student Health Center Appointments

To protect the campus community and student health and wellness, the Student Health Center is providing virtual appointments for patients. Visit My Patient Portal to schedule a virtual appointment, or call 901.443.1397 or 901.443.6438 between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Virtual appointments are available from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Learn more about scheduling an appointment >


What does it mean to Self-Quarantine?

Self-quarantine means you should stay in your place of residence, take and log your temperature twice a day and not leave your residence until the quarantine period of 14 days is over. Should your temperature rise during your quarantine, please consult a medical professional. Do not show up at an urgent care facility, hospital emergency room or a medical professional’s office unannounced – be sure to call first to let them know your symptoms and that you have been in quarantine.

Any home being considered for self-quarantine should follow these minimum standards: 

  • Accommodations: Separate bedroom and bathroom designated for person in quarantine
  • Actions and resources for the self-quarantined person:
    • Do not go to work, school or public areas, and do not use public transportation, ride-apps (e.g. Uber) or taxis. Separate yourself from other people in your home. Take and document your temperature twice a day (A.M. and P.M.)
    • If you develop a fever and/or flu-like symptoms, call a medical professional and explain your contact history and your signs and symptoms (include temperature readings). Other symptoms and signs to look for include: coughing, shortness of breath, chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/ vomiting and runny nose.
    • Obtain food and necessary items using an internet provider/delivery service or from others in the household – do not go out into society. Stay six feet away from other family members and others inside the home.
    • Avoid sharing household items. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
    • Wash laundry thoroughly, with the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label.
    • Practice proper hand and respiratory hygiene.
    • Work/study from home using technology.

Returning to School or Work after Quarantine

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have had to self-quarantine due to a potential exposure:

Faculty and staff must make an appointment with a medical professional and obtain clearance to return to work. The Faculty/Staff Medical Clearance Form must be filled out by your medical provider and submitted to hr@memphis.edu no more than three days prior to returning to campus. Faculty and staff who have questions about returning to campus can contact Human Resources at hr@memphis.edu or 901.678.3573.

Students must make an appointment with a medical professional and obtain clearance to return to campus. The Student Medical Clearance Form must be filled out by your medical provider and submitted electronically to the Student Health Center at studenthealth@memphis.edu no more than three days prior to returning to campus. For guidance, the UofM Student Health Center can be reached at studenthealth@memphis.edu or 901.678.2287.