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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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.
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
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has listed three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use in the United States. These vaccines are:
- Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
- Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)
The World Health Organization lists additional vaccines available under emergency use authorization in other parts of the globe. (Ohio Wesleyan will accept any vaccine listed by the FDA or WHO to meet its student vaccination requirement.)
According to the FDA: "When you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you are choosing to protect yourself and make a difference for your children, parents, grandparents, and other loved ones. Millions of people in the U.S. have already received a COVID-19 vaccine. For a community to be fully protected, most community members need to get the vaccine. Getting vaccinated to prevent COVID-19 will help protect you from COVID-19, and it may also protect the people around you."
For additional vaccination information, visit these CDC resources:
- Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines
- Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
- Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines
In addition to vaccination, 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.)
According to the CDC, the current clinical management of COVID-19 consists of infection prevention and control measures and supportive care, including supplemental oxygen and mechanical ventilatory support when indicated. The FDA has approved one drug, remdesivir (Veklury), for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients 12 years and older who weigh at least 88 pounds.
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.
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, or Zoom.
- OWU Student Health Center, 740-368-3160 (operated by OhioHealth). Basic care is available to students on weekdays when classes are in session. Located in Stuyvesant Hall, the Student Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For medical assistance at other times, view this list of area care locations. (Note: Employees should visit their personal healthcare providers, but are able to contact the Student Health Center for guidance.)
- Delaware Public Health District
- Ohio Department of Health, call center available at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634
- CDC coronavirus information
- CDC influenza information
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory information
- World Health Organization