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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

This list does not include all possible symptoms.

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 how you might have been exposed to the virus. The ACU Medical Clinic, along with the state and local 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 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 $30 and is 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 at least 60 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 60 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.

Follow your medical provider’s guidance. The following is current guidance from the CDC for self-quarantine.

  • Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible.
  • For 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19, watch for fever (100.4◦F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms .
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations.
  • If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
    • If you test negative, you can leave your home, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home and in public until 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
    • If you test positive, you should isolate for at least 5 days from the date of your positive test (if you do not have symptoms). If you do develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days from the date your symptoms began (the date the symptoms started is day 0). Follow recommendations in the isolation section below.
    • If you are unable to get a test 5 days after last close contact with someone with COVID-19, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have been without COVID-19 symptoms throughout the 5-day period. Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after your date of last close contact when around others at home and in public.
    • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, as well as others outside your home throughout the full 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to quarantine for 10 days. Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
  • Do not travel during your 5-day quarantine period. Get tested at least 5 days after your last close contact and make sure your test result is negative and you remain without symptoms before traveling. If you don’t get tested, delay travel until 10 days after your last close contact with a person with COVID-19. If you must travel before the 10 days are completed, wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others for the entire duration of travel during the 10 days. If you are unable to wear a mask, you should not travel during the 10 days.
  • Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until after 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Additional ACU quarantine guidelines:

  • 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, 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 at least 60 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-isolation is 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.

Follow your medical provider’s guidance. The following is current guidance from the CDC for self-isolation.

If you have COVID-19 with symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days. To calculate your 5-day isolation period, day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed. 

  • You can end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved. (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​.)
  • You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of your 5-day isolation period. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days. Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
  • If you continue to have fever or your other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, you should wait to end your isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask. Contact your healthcare provider if you have questions.
  • Do not travel during your 5-day isolation period. After you end isolation, avoid travel until a full 10 days after your first day of symptoms. If you must travel on days 6-10, wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others for the entire duration of travel. If you are unable to wear a mask, you should not travel during the 10 days.
  • Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until a full 10 days after your first day of symptoms.

The best approach is to take an antigen test towards the end of the 5-day isolation period. Collect the test sample only if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation). If your test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10. If your test result is negative,  you can end isolation, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10. Follow additional recommendations for masking and restricting travel as described above.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the day of your positive viral test (based on the date you were tested) and day 1 is the first full day after the specimen was collected for your positive test. You can leave isolation after 5 full days.

  • If you continue to have no symptoms, you can end isolation after at least 5 days.
  • You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10 (day 6 through day 10). If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for 10 days. Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
  • If you develop symptoms after testing positive, your 5-day isolation period should start over. Day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Follow the recommendations above for ending isolation for people who had COVID-19 and had symptoms.
  • Do not travel during your 5-day isolation period. After you end isolation, avoid travel until 10 days after the day of your positive test. If you must travel on days 6-10, wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others for the entire duration of travel. If you are unable to wear a mask, you should not travel during the 10 days after your positive test.
  • Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until 10 days after the day of your positive test.

The best approach is to use an antigen test towards the end of the 5-day isolation period. If your test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10. If your test result is negative, you can end isolation, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10. Follow additional recommendations for masking and restricting travel described above.

Additional ACU isolation guidelines:

  • Stay home. Don’t attend work, school, events, social gatherings or public areas.
  • Students who are self-isolating should complete the COVID-19 Notification form, contact their professors and SOAR.
  • Employees who are self-isolating should complete the COVID-19 Notification form and contact their immediate supervisor.
  • Faculty who have students who are ill or self-isolating 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 at least 60 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.