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Coronavirus: Health and Well-being

By News and Media Relations on March 2, 2020 in University

Prevention and mitigation

It is crucial for all members of the UC Davis community to heed the recommendations for preventive care which have the greatest likelihood of protecting us as individuals as well as the larger community by diminishing the chances of transmission of the virus:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, or, as an alternative, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands.

In addition, it is recommended that people practice good health habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food. If you have not received your annual flu shot, please schedule one with your provider to help protect yourself against the flu. (At the Student Health and Wellness Center, flu shots are covered for students with SHIP insurance and $25 for students without SHIP.) And do not smoke or use e-cigarettes. For information see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s People at Risk for Serious Illness From COVID-19

If you think you may be sick

Signs of coronavirus infection include fever and respiratory symptoms like a cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

For students — Student Health and Counseling Services​, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, has developed additional screening (by phone and at its front desks) and has implemented additional protocols to help identify possible cases of coronavirus to provide optimal care for those with symptoms and to protect other patients and staff.

Any student who suspects they have influenza or coronavirus should contact Student Health and Counseling Services at 530-752-2349 or their primary medical provider prior to arriving at the medical office. This will allow the office to provide you with information on your illness and to plan for your visit to the clinic, if needed.

Student Affairs is also posting information on its website.

For faculty and staff — Faculty and staff should contact their provider’s office for additional instructions about seeking care. the Workplace web page offers additional information and resources related to the coronavirus. 

Reporting confirmed cases

The campus has a protocol for reviewing, verifying and reporting a confirmed case of COVID-19 among its community. When you have personal knowledge of testing positive yourself for COVID-19, or an immediate family member testing positive, or know of a colleague who has tested positive, please adhere to the campus reporting protocol and provide immediate notification. 

Mental health

We recognize some members of our campus community are directly affected by the virus without themselves being sick. The news, and especially the uncertainty, can feel very scary. Some also have concerns regarding family members and friends in other areas who are sick, or who are at increased risk. We want to help if you are struggling.

For students — Counseling Services are available by phone or via secure video conferencing. Schedule an appointment through the Health-e-Messaging portal or by calling 530-752-0871. All Mental Health Crisis Consultation Services are offered via phone consultation or secure video conferencing. Call 530-752-0871 to access these services. More information is available on the student FAQ.

For faculty and staff — Contact the Academic and Staff Assistance Program, or ASAP, at 530-752-2727 (Davis campus) or 916-734-2727 (Sacramento campus). ASAP offers confidential, cost-free assessment, intervention, consultation and referral services to all UC Davis and UC Davis Health academics, staff and their immediate families.

Yolo County

The Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency is our local public health authority.

More information about the coronavirus

 

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