For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms can include:

  • 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

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Warning Signs

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.


There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. But the CDC (and the OWU Student Health Center) recommends preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have any trace of a fever. Do not return to class or work and remain isolated until you are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, then sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. (If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.)
  • Ohio Wesleyan currently requires the wearing of face coverings in public areas. In general, cloth coverings should:

    • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

    • Be secured with ties or ear loops

    • Include multiple layers of fabric

    • Allow for breathing without restriction

    • Be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape

For information on how to properly wear a face covering, please visit the CDC's website on face coverings for more information. For other prevention information from the CDC: go here.


There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Call first before going to any care facility, including the OWU Student Health Center, so that medical personnel can take precautions to avoid unnecessary exposure to the infectious virus.

Healthcare Access

Young adults seem to become less seriously ill from the coronavirus, but students still should take precautions to protect their health and the wellness of everyone around them. Ohio Wesleyan students have access to basic healthcare via the OWU Student Health Center, located inside Stuyvesant Hall. A list of local urgent care centers also is available online, and Grady Memorial Hospital, with a 24/7 emergency room, is located less than two miles away.

Should students need to miss class, it is their responsibility to notify their professors, get their assignments, and determine new due dates for missed assignments, exams, etc. For additional questions and assistance with illness-related absences, students are able to contact the Deans of Student Engagement and Success.

Should employees need to work offsite, the University has a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that enables them to connect to OWU fileshares and protected databases. To arrange virtual meetings, employees are able to use Google Meet, which integrates with Google Calendar and Gmail.

An overview based on information from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health resources is available on the About COVID-19 (coronavirus) page.