COVID-19 Symptoms & Prevention

COVID-19 Symptoms and Prevention

Your safety and well-being is our priority.


  • Stay home: people who are mildly ill with COVID-19 should follow the exposure guidance at home during their illness.
  • Monitor your symptoms and seek emergency care immediately if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing, inability to stay awake, bluish lips or face). If seeking medical care, call the doctor's office or emergency room ahead and tell them about your symptoms.
  • Campus Health offers testing for COVID-19 – please call (520) 621-9202 before you come in. ​​​
    • Campus Health providers will evaluate patients and order testing if appropriate.
    • Campus Health offers both PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing.
  • Find out more from the CDC: What To Do If You Are Sick

Campus Health

Providing quality medical and mental health services through virtual and in-person care, COVID-19 health updates, testing, vaccination, and more.



According to the CDC, 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. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Check the updated CDC list of symptoms for more information. 


The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You can take steps to slow the spread:

  • Face Coverings
    • When you're around others, wear a face covering over your mouth and nose. 
  • Physical Distancing
    • Maintain good physical distance (about 6 feet). This helps protect ourselves and others from exposure, decreases the strain on our health care system, and ultimately save lives.
    • Evaluate the risk of exposure for various activities with this COVID-19 Risk Index Chart.
  • Hand Washing
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water (for 20+ seconds).
    • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Continuous Cleaning
    • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces: door handles, groceries, take-out food containers, countertops, kitchen areas and cell phones.

Local City & County

Local guidelines on face coverings and what's open to the public.

City of Tucson Pima County

Federal & State

Additional resources you may find helpful to keep you informed.

CDC Arizona Department of Health Services