Testing & Monitoring

Monitoring Yourself for Symptoms

It is crucial that we work together to mitigate risk for all. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, you must stay home or leave work immediately if on campus and notify your supervisor.

Symptoms to Check for

A variety of symptoms have been associated with COVID-19, and their impact has ranged from mild to severe. Some of these symptoms may appear 2–5 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever above 100°F, or feeling unusually hot (if no thermometer is available), accompanied by shivering/chills
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Runny nose or new nasal congestion
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea, with or without respiratory symptoms
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Generally feeling unwell, fatigue, and/or muscle aches
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not comprehensive. As with any illness, please consult your medical provider if you are experiencing other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Do not report to work if you are not feeling well. Penn State Absence Management offers guidance for employees and supervisors related to COVID-19 and absences from work. If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, who is being tested for COVID-19, or who has concerning symptoms, you should stay home and notify your supervisor. Staff who may have been exposed to the virus at work will be contacted by Penn State Occupational Medicine if they are identified as a close contact