If  you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, rhinorrhea (runny nose), myalgia (body aches), sore throat and loss of taste or smell, it is important that you immediately self-isolate and be tested for coronavirus.

If you test positive for novel coronavirus, follow instructions from Infection Control and contact your program director or manager immediately.

How to get tested

To receive a free screening for coronavirus in Illinois, download the MyRush mobile app and follow the instructions below.

  1. Log in to the MyRush app.
  2. Select Virtual Care.
  3. Select On-Demand Video Visits and confirm your location.
  4. When asked, “What brings you here today?” scroll to the bottom of the list of options to choose Concern for Novel Coronavirus as the reason for your visit.

Because providers are licensed by state, students and faculty living outside Illinois should contact their primary care provider or clinic by phone or virtual visit.

Please review this document to learn about what your COVID-19 test result means and the protocols to follow after getting tested.


The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued an Emergency Travel Order effective July 6, 2020, directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from specific states to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days – regardless of whether they have symptoms of COVID-19 or test negative for the virus. The most current order will impact anyone returning from the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. To learn more about the order, go to the CDPH website and its frequently asked questions. The city’s order includes exceptions for essential work-related travel, medical care, and parental shared custody, as well as travelers who were in these states for less than 24 hours while traveling to other destinations, such as while changing planes or driving through a state. CDPH will update the state list every Tuesday, and the policy will remain in effect until further notice.

Rush has suspended all University participation in business travel, conferences or gatherings until further notice. 

If you plan to travel anywhere outside the United States, we strongly encourage you to heed the travel advisories and to continue to check the CDC travel website. Countries in which you are traveling may implement new entry and exit control measures and even quarantines with very little notice. Depending on where you expect to travel, you may have to reach difficult decisions to change or even cancel plans to ensure your own well-being and timely return to Rush. 


What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause illnesses in people, but many of them do not. Most of the coronaviruses that make people sick usually only cause mild respiratory disease, similar to the common cold.

The new coronavirus that is causing alarm officially is named SARS-CoV-2, but it also is known as 2019 novel coronavirus. It is called novel because it hasn’t been seen in human beings before. It first was identified in Wuhan, a city in China, in December 2019. Because the virus is new, the investigation of it is evolving rapidly and being updated frequently.

The disease the virus causes is known as coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 for short. You may see the virus referred to as the COVID-19 virus.

What should I do as a student?

Everyone should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath – which are similar to other illnesses, including the flu. Further, practice social-distancing and wear a mask when in public. Avoid gathering in large groups or visiting crowded venues.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms are similar to the flu or pneumonia and can include a cough, fever and shortness of breath. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

COVID-19 typically causes mild symptoms, and the vast majority of people will recover fully from it. Some people with the virus are asymptomatic; they do not develop any symptoms. However, in some cases these symptoms may develop into more serious problems, such as severe breathlessness. 

The CDC recommends you call your doctor if you develop these symptoms or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or recently have traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

What should I do if I develop symptoms?

If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as a fever, it is important that you do not come to campus or go out in public to prevent further infection.

Students, faculty and staff can take advantage of free virtual screenings for coronavirus using the MyRush app.

  1. Log in to the MyRush app.
  2. Select Virtual Care.
  3. Select On-Demand Video Visits and confirm your location.
  4. When asked, “What brings you here today?” scroll to the bottom of the list of options to choose Concern for Novel Coronavirus as the reason for your visit.
How can I avoid getting sick?

The best defense against spreading this coronavirus is wearing a mask while in public, whether you are sick or not.

Equally important is HANDWASHING. Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer when soap is not available. Additionally:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or face.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect household surfaces frequently.
  • Frequently clean your cell phone and other devices you use with your hands or that touches your face.
What mental health or wellness resources are available?

See the Wellness page for more information and resources.

What type of cleaning supplies should I use at home?

Most regular household cleaning products can kill the virus. Bleach is known to be effective. It is very important that you are regularly wiping down surfaces in your home that are touched frequently.


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