COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Testing and Daily Screening
COVID-19 testing will primarily be conducted on symptomatic individuals. For this reason and others, mass testing on campus will not be feasible. Students accessing campus should conduct symptom checks before any permitted activity that may require them to be on campus.
Students will be expected to self-screen daily by asking themselves the following questions:
- Do I have a cough?
- Do I have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
- Do I have a fever or chills? A temperature check should be done if feasible.
- Have I been in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions and you do not have a previous condition (e.g. allergies, asthma) to explain the symptom(s) you are experiencing, then you should not come to campus or, if living on campus, not leave your room. Please report your symptoms to the Student Health Center. During the hours of 8am-5pm Monday-Friday you can reach the Student Health Center staff at (562) 903-4841. If outside of these hours, call Campus Safety at (562) 777-4000.
Certain groups of students may be subject to additional health screening based on their duties or requirements from outside agencies/organizations, such as clinical nursing students, or student athletes. Impacted individuals will be notified before reporting to campus regarding any additional requirements.
The Student Health Center operations will adapt to ensure health and safety for students, including: having a separate check-in location and treatment room for students with symptoms that could indicate COVID-19; rapid-testing capability, close collaboration with Residence Life and Housing for quarantine options, food services for meal delivery; and close collaboration with the Learning Center to minimize impact on students’ educational process should quarantine become necessary. The Student Health Center will also be engaging in contact tracing to quickly minimize and contain any COVID-19 outbreaks on campus.
If a student living on campus is experiencing COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, the student will be tested and asked to self-isolate in his or her dorm room until the test results are received.
According to the CDC, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Furthermore, individuals of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Those conditions include:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Compromised Immune System
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Based on what is known at this time, people with the following conditions might also be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. These conditions include:
- Asthma (moderate to severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Vulnerable students (those above age 65, those who are pregnant, and those with chronic health conditions) are able to complete their classwork from home whenever feasible and should discuss any concerns with their healthcare provider to make appropriate decisions about returning to campus
As more information is verified by the CDC about COVID-19, Biola will in turn continue to update this list.