How to Combat COVID-19
As members of the NC State community, we have a responsibility to do everything we reasonably can to keep those around us safe and healthy.
- Make sure you know the symptoms of COVID-19 — and when it’s appropriate to self-quarantine and seek medical attention.
- Do all you can to reduce the spread of this new disease by taking simple precautions and following the university’s guidance.
- Inform the university and its health care professionals if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 so we can conduct contact tracing and support your needs.
- Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in SlowCOVIDNC, the state of North Carolina’s coronavirus tracing program. To participate, users should download the free app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and turn on notifications.
It’s on all of us to protect the Wolfpack.
Know the Symptoms
The novel coronavirus that has infected millions of people around the world — officially named SARS-CoV-2 — is a new infectious pathogen that wasn’t identified until December 2019. People infected with this virus may have mild to severe symptoms and may spread the coronavirus to others even if they don’t have symptoms. The novel coronavirus is responsible for an acute respiratory syndrome called COVID-19 that affects the lungs and other organs.
Most people who have COVID-19 begin to show symptoms two to 14 days after they’re exposed to the novel coronavirus. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should stay home and seek health care:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat (secondary symptom)
If you are a student, you can call Student Health Services at 919-515-2563 for an appointment.
If you are a faculty or staff member with any of the symptoms listed above, you should stay home, notify your supervisor and follow CDC guidelines to determine whether you should seek medical care.
Follow the Steps
Every member of the Wolfpack has a vital role to play in reducing the spread of the new coronavirus and keeping our campus community safe.
The best and most important thing you can do to keep yourself healthy, others safe and the Pack on track is to get your vaccine. NC State continues to provide vaccines free of charge on campus to all NC State students, faculty, staff and alumni, and family members who are at least 12 years old. The vaccine clinic is located at Student Health Services for the summer. For more information on scheduling your appointment for an on-campus vaccine, click here.
There are also other simple steps that you can take that can greatly reduce transmission of the disease:
- If you feel sick, stay home.
- If you are not fully vaccinated, you are encouraged to continue wearing a face covering indoors and when in close contact with others.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or the inside of your elbow.
- Disinfect surfaces and objects, especially those frequently touched.
More detailed guidance is available below.
- Wash your hands before and after meals and whenever you cough or sneeze. When you wash your hands, wash them for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, you may use hand sanitizer. NC State has increased the number of hand sanitizer stations across campus.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow — not with your hands. Dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands. You should also avoid touching your face.
- As of Monday, Aug. 2, face coverings are again required in all indoor spaces on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, unless:
- You are alone in a private, enclosed residence hall room, apartment or office with the door closed.
- You are in an enclosed indoor space when only household members are present.
- You are actively eating or drinking.
- Face coverings are not currently required in outdoor spaces for vaccinated individuals, but they are encouraged, especially in large crowds. Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated should continue wearing a face covering outdoors.
- Face coverings will continue to be required on NC State’s Wolfline buses.
- In some special circumstances, the university will make adjustments to campus safety standards on a case-by-case basis.
Last updated: July 30, 2021.