Health, Wellness and Prevention

What do I do if I feel sick?

CDC provides guidelines on what to do if you are sick. If you are feeling sick, stay home and call your health care provider immediately for medical advice.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms of a respiratory illness including fever (100.4 degrees or higher), cold-like symptoms, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, call your health care provider immediately for medical advice. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or it is an emergency. Notify the Campus Safety Office by phone or email at extension 3333 (on-campus landlines) or (616) 632-2462 or cso@aquinas.edu.

I feel anxious and stressed about this public health situation and the uncertainty surrounding it. What do I do?

We recognize that the uncertainty and the quickly changing nature of this situation may cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. We encourage you to practice self-care as well as care for your loved ones and your neighbors.

  • If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact Counseling, Health and Wellness at (616) 632-2905 or CHWS@aquinas.edu or the Campus Safety Office at (616) 632-2462 or cso@aquinas.edu.
  • In case of a mental health emergency, contact the Campus Safety Office at extension 3333 from any on-campus landline phone or at (616) 632-2462.
  • Employee Assistance Center (EAC) is available for employees and their immediate family members. Call 1-800-227-0905. 
  • Please follow CDC recommendations for managing anxiety and stress.

What is coronavirus? What is COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) provides information about the coronavirus, how COVID-19 spreads and FAQs on its website.

WHO also provides information about the coronavirus and FAQs on its website.

How does it spread?

The Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) provides information about how COVID-19 spreads on its website.

What are the symptoms?

According to CDC, current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Refer to CDC’s COVID-19 symptoms page for more information.

What is the risk? How worried should I be?

CDC states that some people, including older adults, people with HIV, pregnant women, people with asthma and those with chronic medical conditions (including heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 and provides recommendations for those people to reduce their risk of getting sick with the disease.

Please refer to the CDC website for information about risk assessment and to see CDC’s Geographic Risk Assessment for COVID-19 Transmission.

Within our Aquinas community, students, faculty and staff have a range of health needs and concerns. We urge all community members to be diligent in following the advice provided by the CDC to keep everyone safe. We also encourage higher-risk individuals who are concerned about their health to contact their primary care provider with questions or concerns.

What about prevention and treatment?

CDC’s recommendations for prevention and treatment are everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
  • 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC also provides specific guidance for travelers on its website.

CDC states that 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.

Additionally, WHO provides coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public on its website, which includes basic protective measures, staying healthy while traveling, when and how to use masks, myth-busters, advice for health workers, how to cope with stress during the outbreak, food safety practices, and more.

What can I do to prevent the spread of germs?

First and foremost, please stay home if you develop symptoms of a respiratory illness. Call ahead to your health care provider immediately and remain at home until you receive instructions about next steps from your health care provider or local health department.

CDC provides steps you can take to help prevent illness, including how to clean and disinfect surfaces.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.