Symptoms and Exposure

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Can I come in and be tested?

People with COVID-19 develop fever, cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. Some may also have a sore throat, headache or diarrhea. These are very nonspecific symptoms and can be similar to many other infectious diseases like respiratory illnesses and flu. As per CDC guidance, people with these symptoms are only considered to be at risk for COVID-19 if:

  • You have traveled from any country listed on the CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice.
  • Have had close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or are undergoing evaluation for COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms who has been on a cruise in the last 14 days.

We will continue to follow these guidelines and use the CDC screening criteria for any UF Health Shands patients. If a person meets screening criteria, we will coordinate with Florida Department of Health labs.

What does “close contact” with a potentially infected person mean?

The CDC defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time or having direct contact with infectious secretions from a person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on).

What should I do if I’m concerned that I’ve been exposed to COVID-19 in the community?

First, call your primary care provider to discuss your symptoms. All community exposures will be referred to the Department of Health in your respective county; however, in order to streamline the process, please contact your doctor first. If you do not have a primary care physician, please contact the health department in your area:

Additional questions?

  • UF students with health questions should contact the UF Student Health Care Center Special Clinics nurse at 352-294-7472.
  • All others should contact their primary care physician.