I have symptoms or feel sick. What should I do?

Stay home and isolate until you are both:

  • Free of fever, productive cough, and other acute respiratory symptoms for 72 hours AND
  • 7 days has elapsed since you first experienced symptoms

Cover your mouth when coughing and wash your hands frequently to prevent spreading germs.

You can take over-the-counter acetaminophen (example: Tylenol) to reduce fevers. Use according to label instructions and do not exceed more than 3000 mg of acetaminophen per day. Ibuprofen (examples: Advil, Motrin) may be used according to label directions for pain relief. Do not take more than 2400 mg of ibuprofen per day. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are different products so you can alternate every 4 hours.

Call UHS at 608-265-5600 if your symptoms worsen and you develop shortness of breath or a fever.

Stay home. Do not go to campus, work, public areas, or attend large gatherings. If you need medical care, call your health care provider before going a clinic, urgent care, or to an emergency room.

  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Do not go out to restaurants or have guests over to your house.
  • Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you must contact your local health department first for instructions. If you choose to travel and become ill while you are away, you may not be able to return home using public transport (for example, air travel) until you are well and released from possible isolation by the local public health department.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • Postpone all nonessential medical appointments (for example, dental cleaning, eye exam, routine check-up) until you are out of isolation.
  • Minimize contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.
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