For Students – I feel sick: What do I do?

  • Isolate yourself.
  • Students in the Winston-Salem area should call Student Health Service at (336) 758-5218 for further guidance. If you are living at home, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Student Health Service is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nurse triage is available after hours. Please call (336) 758-5218 before coming so we can help to arrange an appropriate appointment.
  • In the event that you develop severe symptoms, you should call 911 or call Wake Forest Baptist Emergency Department (336) 713-9000 before traveling there.
  • If you got tested for COVID-19 off campus and received a positive test result, you need to submit those results to the University’s COVID-19 Coordinator at
  • If you are a student worker experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19, you should also inform your supervisor. Student workers must be cleared by the Student Health Service before returning to on-site work.

People infected with COVID-19, even those that don’t have any symptoms of illness, can spread the virus to others. If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID, seek medical advice and follow these safety guidelines. Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure. Testing for COVID 19 after a possible exposure can be part of a tool to see if you are infected, but a negative test does not reliably predict if you are or will become infected, It is important to quarantine after an exposure for the full 14 days to prevent the spread of infection to others even if your test is negative.

If you have symptoms of possible COVID-19, you should contact a medical provider to discuss symptoms and possible testing. The medical provider will determine if isolation is necessary. It is important to know that a negative COVID test does not always mean you are not currently infected. It is important to consult with a medical professional to understand your test results. If you are sick you should also follow these additional guidelines: .

Stay at home or in your assigned isolation space:

People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are often able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. If you share a living space you should isolate yourself away from others to prevent the spread of infection. Use a separate bathroom if possible and avoid being in common areas when others are present. If you must be near someone, wear a face mask and continue to use practice physical distancing and good hygiene. Do not visit public areas.

Consult medical provider:

Stay in touch with your medical provider. If your symptoms worsen or change, call to speak with a medical provider for advice. If you need an appointment call first.. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.

Avoid public transportation:

Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.