Center for Well-Being Resources
The Center for Well-Being remains open to offer a range of physical health, mental health, and health promotion services to St.Thomas students. Learn about how to access these services from the Center for Well-Being during the Minnesota stay-at-home order related to COVID-19 on the Center for Well-Being website.
What is COVID-19 and what are the symptoms?
COVID-19 is a new disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
For more information about symptoms, please visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website on COVID-19.
How does COVID-19 spread?
Current understanding about how the virus spreads is based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. The virus is thought to spread mainly from close person-to-person contact and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Visit the CDC site for the most current information about how this coronavirus spreads.
Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Learn more about preventing the spread of COVID-19 on the CDC website.
If You Think You’ve Been Exposed to COVID-19
COVID-19 symptoms and flu symptoms can be similar. Even if you have traveled to areas where this outbreak is more prevalent – or have had contact with someone who has – if you have symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, it is possible that it could be the flu or other respiratory illness.
If you think you have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider immediately.
Do not assume that someone who is ill has COVID-19. Be mindful of the impact of your assumptions on colleagues or students who have traveled from geographic areas where COVID-19 is more prevalent.
Anyone with flu-like symptoms should contact their primary care provider or St. Thomas Health Services at (651) 962-6750 to seek advice and care.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Communal Spaces
For cleaning any communal spaces such as within a residence hall room and shared housing, the CDC recommends following steps:
- Wash surfaces with a general soap household cleaner.
- Rinse with water.
- Use an EPA-registered disinfectant (like a Clorox wipe) to kill germs.
- Let product remain wet on the surface for at least three to five minutes to ensure it kills all of the germs.
- Throw away any disposable items used to clean surfaces or launder any reusable items.
If You Have Travelled Recently
If you were in a country with a COVID-19 outbreak and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left, you should:
- Seek medical advice – call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Do not travel on public transportation while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
- Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Quarantine and Isolation
Quarantine and isolation help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease, such as COVID-19.
- Quarantine refers to separating people who were exposed to COVID-19 to see if they become sick.
- Isolation refers to separating sick people with COVID-19 from other people who are not sick.
More information on COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date information regarding this rapidly evolving infectious disease outbreak. Helpful information can be found: