Health Alert: COVID-19

Health Alert: COVID-19

Health & Wellness is your primary on-campus resource for COVID-19 medical care and prevention.

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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Health Questions

Get answers to questions about symptoms, prevention, treatment, testing, and more.
Last updated: September 14, 2020



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Protect. Respect. Always!
Do it for UNH.

What to Know

  • You can spread COVID-19 even when you don’t have any symptoms. Even if you are not worried about getting sick yourself, a cloth face covering is meant to protect other people in case YOU are infected. Others who are wearing them are doing so to protect you.
  • A mask/face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing; you need both.

What to Do

  • Wear a cloth face covering (not one meant for a healthcare worker, such as an N-95 mask) in public AT ALL TIMES. Examples:
    • In class
    • At the dining hall
    • On the bus
    • At events
    • To the grocery store
    • Any time you’re out on campus, in Durham, or in surrounding communities
  • Cover your chin, mouth, and nose and ensure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face
  • Wash your hands before putting on a face cover and after removing it
  • Aim to wash your re-usable face masks after each use

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Safe physical distancing = six feet apart.

What to Know

  • COVID-19 is typically spread from person-to-person, between people who are close to each other. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, etc. they can produce respiratory droplets that land in the mouths/noses of people nearby.
  • You can spread COVID-19 even when you don’t have any symptoms.
  • The more you interact with someone who is infected and the longer and closer you are near them, the higher the risk of becoming infected.

What to Do

  • Stay 6 feet apart (~2 arms’ length or 1 Gnarlz) to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Keep gatherings small (follow UNH or local guidelines).
  • If you do meet up with others, small outdoor gatherings have been found to be lower risk than indoors.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or who might be sick, even if you live with them.

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Practice self-care. Reach out for support.

What to Know

  • COVID-19 has become a source of stress for most people and for many reasons. It is common to feel increased fear, worry and anxiety; to experience difficulty concentrating or changes in sleep or eating patterns; or to experience a worsening of physical or mental health symptoms.
  • Your mental and emotional health and your physical health are linked. It is just as important to take care of your emotional well-being as it is your physical well-being.

What to Do

  • Focus on the basics:
    • Sleep at least 7 hours per night.
    • Move your body for at least 150 minutes per week.
    • Eat well by emphasizing whole foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc.) and hydrate.
    • Get outside in nature for at least 120 hours per week (around 20 minutes per day).
  • Be kind to yourself. Practice self-compassion. It’s okay (and important!) to take breaks.
  • Practice physical distancing, but stay socially connected. Maintain positive social connections that make you feel good.
  • Seek out information from reliable sources. Take social media breaks.
  • You are not alone. Reach out for support if you are having trouble caring for yourself.
  • PACS Virtual Care Package


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Tips on Caring for Yourself during COVID-19
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Soap. Water. Scrub for at least 20 seconds.

What to Know

  • Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and others around you from getting sick.
  • Germs from unwashed hands can spread when you touch your eyes, nose, and mouth; prepare or eat food/drinks; touch contaminated surfaces; or blow your nose, cough, or sneeze and then touch other people’s hands or surfaces.

What to Do

  • Wash your hands often:
    • After you’ve been in a public space
    • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
    • Before, during, and after preparing food
    • Before eating food
    • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
    • After using the toilet
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After touching an animal or handling pet food or pet treats
    • After touching garbage
    • Any time your hands are dirty
  • Wash for at least 20 seconds.
    • Wet your hands with clean water.
    • Soap them up.
    • Scrub for at least 20 seconds: front and back, between your fingers, and under your nails.
    • Rinse with clean water.
  • Use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) as a back up if soap and water aren't available.

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Keep it clean. Cover your coughs. Stay home when sick.

What to Know

  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs and dirt on surfaces, while disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  • COVID-19 is typically spread from person-to-person, between people who are close to each other. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, etc. they can produce respiratory droplets that land in the mouths/noses of people nearby.

What to Do

  • Routinely clean and disinfect common areas and surfaces.
    • Wear reusable or disposable gloves.
    • Use soap and water, then a standard home disinfectant according to the directions on the bottle.
    • Use alcohol-based wipes or sprays for electronics and follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning/disinfecting.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Communicate with your professor or supervisor to make up for missed work.
    • You should not be penalized for keeping others safe by staying home. Students can contact the Dean of Students Office (603-862-2053) and employees can contact their Human Resources representative if they are experiencing issues.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes using the inside of your elbow or a tissue.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands or use sanitizer.
  • Don’t risk getting the seasonal flu – get your flu shot!

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Screening and testing are available at Health & Wellness.
Call (603) 862-9355 if you are experiencing symptoms.

What to Know

  • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
    • 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

What to Do

  • Monitor yourself for symptoms. If you experience any of the above symptoms:
    • Self-isolate in your apartment or residence hall room.
    • Call Health & Wellness at (603) 862-9355 to make an appointment to get screened and tested, if appropriate.

Find Out More

Ask a Health Provider Service

Our clinicians are available to assist with questions about COVID-19 and how members of the university community can best respond to the concerns of fellow faculty, staff and students. A physician will email or call you back, usually within the same day. Please include your your contact information (name, email, phone number).



UNH Updates and Resources

Find comprehensive information about COVID-19 at UNH, including resources for employees and students and details about the Fall 2020 semester.


UNH Coronavirus Website

Incident Reporting

To report an incident in which a student, or group of students, violates the UNH COVID-19 policies, please complete the online COVID Incident Reporting Form. Reports can be made by students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public. Provide as much information and detail as you are able.


COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form


UNH communications to students, faculty, and staff as well as local, national, and international news updates made prior to March 17, 2020 can be found at our Archives page