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What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Individuals should call their healthcare provider if they experience symptoms.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Before going to a healthcare facility, call ahead. They will provide instructions about how to come to the facility and where to go upon arrival to minimize the risk of exposing others or, depending on your symptoms, may give self-care advice to follow at home.

  • Students should call the UHS 24-hour Nurse Advice Line 512-475-6877 for advice about how to get medical care. If you have UT Select health insurance, because you are also a benefits-earning employee of UT Austin, you may also call the 24/7 Nurseline provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield at (888-315-9473).
  • Staff and faculty with UT Select insurance may contact the 24/7 Nurseline provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield 888-315-9473 or seek care from UT Health Austin or their personal healthcare provider.

On the way to a healthcare facility:

  • Avoid contact with others as much as possible.
  • Wear a face mask/face covering.
  • Do not take public transportation.
  • Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not the hands) when coughing or sneezing.



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