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Health, wellness and prevention

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include the following:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If there is a medical emergency, please call 911 and notify them of any travel or exposures.

The ACU Medical Clinic accepts walk-in appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations, and advance appointments are needed to be seen by a medical provider. Patients can call 325-674-2625 to have an appointment scheduled. Let the ACU Medical Clinic know where you have traveled recently or how you might have been exposed to the virus. The ACU Medical Clinic, along with the state and city health departments, will determine if you should be tested for COVID-19. Wildcat Care (telemedicine) is also available 24/7 at no cost to students, enabling you to consult a provider from home.

Practice good hygiene.

  • If you are sick, avoid contact with others and do not travel.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95 percent alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Monitor your symptoms closely. Take your temperature daily.

Stay home until you are fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours. If you must leave the house or be around others, it is imperative that you wear a mask and avoid close contact. Be especially careful around people who have compromised immune systems and those over the age of 65.

Take care of yourself. Rest as much as possible. Drink lots of fluids.

What if I want to be tested for coronavirus?

The ACU Medical Clinic can provide all of your COVID-19 testing needs.

The FDA-approved Rapid SARS Antigen test is available now for patients who have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are exhibiting symptoms. The antigen test is a nasal swab administered via appointment for $50 and is covered by ACU’s health insurance plan.

The Medical Clinic can also administer the antibody test for patients who would like to know if they have previously been infected. The antibody test is a blood draw and is available by appointment for $65 each for the IgG (indicates previous infection) or IgM (indicates recently active infection). The antibody test is not covered by ACU’s health insurance plan. Employee, spouse and dependent clinic office visits are $45. To schedule an appointment at the ACU Medical Clinic call 325-674-2625.

How do I prevent the spread of coronavirus?

You can reduce the risk of spreading coronaviruses by taking the same steps as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer, with 60-95 percent alcohol if water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue.

How should I clean and disinfect communal spaces?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (such as door knobs, tables, computer keyboards, handrails, exercise rooms).

You should use a disinfectant on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus, an alcohol solution with at least 70 percent alcohol, or a 10 percent bleach/water solution to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces. It is also recommended that departments contact the Office of Risk Management at risk@acu.edu or by calling 325-674-6142 to obtain single-use disinfectant wipes for touchpoints within their workspaces.

Please avoid putting disinfectant gels or liquids on electronics and other equipment, including elevator buttons, unless they have been indicated as safe to use on those devices.

When and how should I self-quarantine or self-isolate?

 

How to self-quarantine:

Self-quarantine in general means the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.

If you’ve been directed to self-quarantine, you should follow your medical provider’s guidance which may include:

  • Stay home. Don’t attend work, school, events, social gatherings or public areas.
    • Students who are self-quarantining should complete the COVID-19 Notification form and contact their professors and SOAR.
    • Employees who are self-quarantining should complete the COVID-19 Notification form and contact their immediate supervisor.
    • Faculty who have students who are ill or self-quarantining should excuse their absences, encourage them to stay home and away from others, provide opportunities for these students to complete their work, and keep their chair and SOAR updated.
  • Self-monitor for fever by checking your temperature at least twice daily. Contact a health care provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough or trouble breathing.
  • If you need to seek medical care, call ahead to describe your symptoms and travel history.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95 percent alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of it immediately. Never cough in the direction of someone else.
  • Limit contact with others as much as possible, including those in your home or residence. Try to keep a distance of about six feet.
  • Avoid any visitors.
  • Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding or other items.
  • Keep your surroundings clean. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as tabletops, tablets, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, etc.
  • Avoid using public transportation, taxis or ride-sharing.

How to self-isolate:

Self-isolate means the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.

The following is current guidance from the CDC for self-isolation.

You can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​

Note that these recommendations do not apply to people with severe COVID-19 or with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised).

If you’ve been directed to self-isolate, you should follow your medical provider’s guidance which may include:

  • Stay home.Don’t attend work, school, events, social gatherings or public areas.
  • Self-monitor for fever by checking your temperature at least twice daily. Contact a health care provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough or trouble breathing.
  • If you need to seek medical care, call ahead to describe your symptoms and travel history.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95 percent alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of it immediately. Never cough in the direction of someone else.
  • Limit contact with others as much as possible, including those in your home or residence. Try to keep a distance of about six feet.
  • Avoid any visitors.
  • Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding or other items.
  • Keep your surroundings clean. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as tabletops, tablets, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, etc.
  • Avoid using public transportation, taxis or ride-sharing.