COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19 disease, comes from a family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk from COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19 infection include respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and fever. Additional symptoms may include sore throat, chills, headache, muscle pain, and new loss of taste or smell.

Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. A severe infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus can lead to serious acute respiratory and systemic illness.

Preventive Care

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based rub if soap and water are not available.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.  
  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet between persons.
  • Follow local public health guidelines and any shelter in place orders.
  • Wear a face covering when out in public spaces.

If Symptoms Appear

If you feel ill with symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat or difficulty breathing:

All visits to the SJSU Student Health Center are confidential, as the university complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

If you have more questions, call your healthcare provider or the SJSU Student Health Center at 408-924-6122. The Student Health Center is available for advice and in-person, phone and televideo visits.

Testing Resources

For information on local and free COVID-19 testing sites:

How to Use Cloth Face Masks or Coverings


Other Available Resources

The following resources are available with information on COVID-19: