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How COVID-19 Affects Health and Safety

Best practices for hygiene to avoid and prevent COVID-19. The Student Health Center and Wellness Initiatives department will continually educate students on hygiene best practices through multiple avenues.  As the Liberty University community prepares for the Fall 2021 semester, following public health measures is imperative to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, flu, and other viruses.  These are the promoted practices of personal hygiene and health:

  • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds
  • Practice cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Eat healthy and well-balanced meals
  • Exercise
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Reduce stress

COVID-19 Indications

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported-ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  A range of symptoms have been reported including:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • New gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)

Clinical services offered through the Student Health Center will continue to be offered to all of our students.

When students visit the Student Health Center, they first go to a triage area to be preliminarily screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the Student Health Center. The Student Health Center is a Well Site only. The Student Health Center also has asymptomatic and symptomatic testing available. If students are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should call the Student Health Center at (434) 338-7774 to schedule a virtual visit.  Additionally, individuals with COVID-19 symptoms should refrain from direct contact with others until they have consulted with a healthcare provider.  All students, faculty, and staff should self-monitor for mild symptoms.

While the Student Health Center, stands ready to serve the student body, there are emergency warning signs for COVID-19.  If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

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