Because it is hard to distinguish between the cold, the flu and COVID-19, anyone experiencing the symptoms listed above should take a COVID-19 test. Free self-test kits are available at the University Health Center. If you have questions about testing, you may also contact the HEAL line for advice.
If you test positive for COVID-19, be sure to report your positive result to return.umd.edu. You will receive detailed instructions on what to do next.
If you test negative for COVID-19 and have a fever (defined as a measured temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), you are advised to stay home from class or work until you have been fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication (like Tylenol or Advil). You should also consider seeking medical care any time you feel unwell, and call the UHC with any questions or concerns. If you test negative for COVID-19 and do not have a fever, but have only mild symptoms of the common cold, you can generally continue to attend class and go to work if you feel well enough. Please be sure to follow guidance to prevent spreading germs to others.
Patients with underlying medical conditions please see your healthcare provider within 24-48 hours.
As always, if you are really feeling unwell, we advise you to stay home and seek medical care.