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The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those associated with other respiratory viruses, including the flu. They include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing

Additional symptoms are:

  • Chills
  • Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat

Having these symptoms alone does not mean that someone has the virus. If you have these symptoms, you should contact your health care provider immediately -  don’t wait for symptoms to worsen. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

The greatest risk of infection is for individuals who have traveled internationally. These symptoms mimic flu-like symptoms and there are currently no specific treatments for COVID-19. However, preventive measures for the COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory viruses, such as the flu.


How to Self-Isolate

  • When under self-isolation, you should remain in your residence. Avoid contact with others and do not go out for 14 days. You should take your temperature at least twice a day – if your temperature rises, contact your health care provider immediately.
  • It is advised you do not just “show up” unannounced at your doctor’s office, urgent care facility or emergency room – please call ahead to advise them of your situation.
  • Once the self-isolation time is over and you are symptom-free, you must see a health care provider to be cleared and ensure you are not infectious.

Students Who are Under Self-Isolation

  • If you need to self-isolation, after speaking with your health care provider, please contact your academic dean to identify ways to complete your coursework. Residential students who need alternate housing options should contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing. 
  • Faculty will work with any student who is affected missing class so they are not penalized and make arrangements to continue their studies.

Faculty and Staff Who are Under Self-Isolation

  • If you need to self-isolation, please inform your supervisor of your absence and the date your 14-day self-isolation will end.
  • Arrangements will be made for you to work remotely or obtain appropriate leave if remote access is not feasible.
  • Prior to your return to work, you will be required to provide your supervisor with a note from a health care professional certifying that you have completed your 14-day self-isolation and are symptom free.
    • Employees who self-isolation per this directive may access their paid time-off benefits (sick leave, vacation and personal leave) to cover their absence.
    • NSU is making a one-time adjustment to its sick leave policy to help those employees who may not have enough leave to be away from work. Human Resources will be providing further information directly to employees about these changes.
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