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If you are sick, stay home.

SARS-CoV-2 is a newly discovered coronavirus. It has been identified as the cause of a global outbreak of COVID-19, a severe respiratory disease.

If you have had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is under investigation for COVID-19, stay home and quarantine for 14 days after last exposure.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have COVID-19, stay home and self-isolate for 14 days (or per ADPH/Faculty and Staff Clinic (FSC) instructions). The disease causes one or more of the following symptoms:

Primary Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills and uncontrollable shaking
  • Muscle pain and body aches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Unexplained headache
  • Sore throat*
  • Nausea*
  • Diarrhea*

Severe Symptoms

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Confusion or inability to arouse

These lists of symptoms are not all-inclusive. Symptoms marked with an asterisk (*) are common to many other illnesses.  If you have any of these symptoms and you are concerned, promptly contact a University health care provider for guidance.

Whom to Contact

Employees:

Laurel C. Long, Human Resources
256.824.6545
longl@uah.edu

Students:

Dean of Students
256.824.6700
dos@uah.edu

 

Transmission

The virus is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets from the mouth and nose.

Respiratory droplets containing the virus can remain on surfaces even after the infected person is no longer near you.

Personal Prevention Practices

Certain measures are needed to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19. Cloth masks and other face coverings help protect you and others near you.

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Tips to Stay Healthy

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Wash your hands

frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Lather for at least 20 seconds.

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Clean and disinfect

frequently touched objects and surfaces with isopropyl alcohol.

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Cover your nose and mouth

with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Do not use your hands.

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Avoid touching your eyes

nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

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Avoid close contact

and stay at least six feet from others.

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Stay healthy

stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, get rest, and avoid stress.

Practice Social Distancing

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All members of the campus community must practice social distancing.  Social distancing includes:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

Personal Items

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Students, faculty, and staff need to keep their personal items (e.g., cellphones, other electronics) and personal work and living spaces clean, especially shared desks, lab equipment, and other shared objects and surfaces. Cleaning products and hand sanitizer will be provided in many locations throughout campus.