COVID-19 FAQ's

COVID-19 Information for Members

COVID-19 Student Information

Can I get tested for COVID-19?

Free viral testing is available for all faculty, staff, and students. All asymptomatic testing is self-scheduled. Based on the individual’s CAS login credentials, they will be directed to an appropriate testing site and schedule.

Please note: All required testing for students, faculty, and staff must be completed through the Yale COVID-19 Screening Program. Outside test results will not be accepted as proof of screening.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms like cough or difficulty breathing, please call you primary care provider for guidance. For the health of our community do not walk into Yale Health without calling first for specific instructions.

What to do if you become ill?

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms stay home and contact a healthcare provider for guidance—do not go to a healthcare facility prior to calling your doctor or a hospital emergency room for instructions. 

  • If you are a Yale student or Yale Health member, you should contact Internal Medicine (203-432-0038), Student Health (203-432-0312), or Pediatrics (203-432-0206) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For urgent attention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please call Yale Health Acute Care (203-432-0123).
  • If you are an Aetna member or have other healthcare coverage, please contact your physician. 
  • Avoid contact with others to limit spread and wear a mask. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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 or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever greater than 99.9F 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 is not all inclusive. Please consult your provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. If you have any of these symptoms, you should call us so we can assess you for testing. 
 

Read more about what to do if you have symptoms.

How can I prevent getting COVID-19?

The two main things we want everyone to do is reduce your risk and monitor your health. Read What Everyone Should Do.

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses such as the common cold, and more severe illnesses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Coronaviruses commonly circulate in animals and sometimes also infect humans. This novel coronavirus (2019n-CoV) is a strain thought to originate in animals that was not previously found in humans. The CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization) are closely monitoring the cases of this infection for this reason.

How is the infection spread?

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected. People who are infected often have symptoms of illness. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.

What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if someone in my home is ill with COVID-19?

Follow these prevention guidelines in your home.

What is being done to protect the health of the Yale community?

We are working closely with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Yale Emergency Management, the Office of International Students & Scholars, and other key offices to monitor the situation. Read more on the Yale COVID-19 page.

How can I keep up-to-date on travel restrictions and guidelines?

Review Yale University’s Travel Guidelines.

How can I get care if I am working remotely away from Connecticut?

There are several remote options for getting care, visit Care for Those Working While Away from Connecticut.

Who can I talk to if this situation makes me feel stressed and overwhelmed?