Prevention and well-being

Prevention measures are similar to those utilized against the common cold and flu, which are currently circulating in high numbers.

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  • How do I prevent COVID-19?

    The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help limit the spread of respiratory viruses:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Should I wear a mask?

    CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. A facemask should be used by people who have, or may have, COVID-19 or are showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). For UHealth personal protection guidelines, please visit and review the "Process and Procedures" tab. 

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

     The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure. Current estimates are that it takes about five days for COVID-19 symptoms to show after contracting the virus.

  • What is the treatment for COVID-19?

    People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection.

  • What should I do if I believe I have been exposed to COVID-19?

    If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

  • I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed, who can I talk to?

    The University of Miami Counseling Center provides a wide array of effective and quality multi-disciplinary psychological services for students. Visit for more information or call 305-284-5511.

    Faculty and staff can contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at 305-284-6604. More information is available at

    UM/Aetna members can contact Carisk Behavioral Health at 1-800-294-8642 for mental health services, the Aetna 24-hour toll free helpline at 1-833-327-AETNA (2386) and the Aetna Nurse Medical Line at 1-800-556-1555.

    Miami-Dade County provides comprehensive counseling service. More information is available at