Health

If you believe you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for novel coronavirus, or, 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.

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

MyRush App Web Visit Screening

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.

Travel 

Following the advice of leading public health experts around the globe, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker ordered all residents of the state to shelter in place beginning on Saturday, March 21 to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

The shelter in place order will be in effect from Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m. through April 7. For more information refer to the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response website.

 

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. 

FAQs

What is Corona Virus?

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. Avoid gathering in large groups or visiting crowded venues.

Who is at risk?

According to the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low, as this virus currently is not widespread in the United States. The following groups of people are at higher risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus:

  • People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported, with increase in risk dependent on the location.
  • Health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring, with increase in risk dependent on the location.

The CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.

Older people and those with pre-existing conditions — such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension and cancer — are at higher risk of a severe and potentially fatal case of the virus. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

Refer to the CDC website for the most up to date information about areas with widespread concern for coronavirus.

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. 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 and 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 this coronavirus 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.

Do I need to wear a facemask?

While wearing a facemask is effective in preventing the spread of infection after you are sick, it will not reduce your risk of getting sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well wear facemasks.

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.

What should I buy to prepare for an outbreak of the coronavirus?

Products you should look to stock up on include medications, food, water and toiletries. If you take certain medications, you should make sure you have a supply that lasts for a couple weeks. Buying fever reducers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen ahead of time could also come in handy for the future.

When buying food, you should purchase nonperishable items, dry goods, or frozen foods that can last for a while. You may also want to consider stocking your home with foods you or your family members might need when sick including: chicken or vegetable broth, crackers and drinks such as Gatorade or Pedialyte.

Employee and Corporate Health Services (ECHS)
Atrium Building, Suite 475
(312) 942-5878
Rush_Employee_Health@rush.edu