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Prevention/Symptoms

Updated: 04/01/2022

Any student experiencing stress or concern about COVID-19 can contact our University Counseling Center (CAPS) for support. Faculty and staff members can contact your Primary Care Provider, or the Employee Assistant Program.

Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever,
  • cough,
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
  • chills, 
  • repeated shaking with chills,
  • muscle pain,
  • headache,
  • sore throat, and
  • new loss of taste or smell.
Differences and similarities in symptoms between COVID-19, Flu, and the Common Cold

 

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or who thinks they have been exposed to the virus via travel or contact with others should stay home, complete the symptom tracker on myMU so Cougar Care can contact you with further guidance. If you are sick, do not report to campus for work or class.

Students should call Student Health Services at  570-674-6276.

Prevention

COVID-19: Stop the Spread of Germs

Quarantine at Home

We know that students may need to or choose to quarantine at home. Johns Hopkins developed some important advice for students who may need to or choose to quarantine at home. Click here to access a PDF with those tips.

The CDC has issued guidance for preventing COVID-19 from spreading to others. There are several resources available for specific situations and audiences:

Risk Assessment on COVID-19

On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the current COVID-19 outbreak has met all the requirements of a pandemic. Numerous cases of COVID-19 have been positively identified in the United States, including Pennsylvania.  

Misericordia reminds all of our University community members to continue to follow standard wellness practices, such as:

  • frequent hand-washing,
  • covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing,
  • Avoiding sharing cups, utensils, water bottles and other personal items and
  • Staying home when sick and avoiding others who are sick

To see the calculated level for COVID-19 in your community, click here.