Basic Information About the Disease
The novel coronavirus that has affected millions of people around the world is a new infectious pathogen that hasn’t been previously identified. 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.
This information is subject to change. Last updated: June 17, 2020.