Is it COVID-19 or a cold?
Chances are you or someone you know has had a cough, runny nose or other symptoms recently and wondered, is it COVID-19? The answer: not necessarily. Fall is a time of year when many kinds of respiratory viruses are active and this fall, as we return to more in-person activity of all kinds, those viruses are on the rise along with COVID-19.
But don’t let your guard down. If you’re having symptoms, stay home and get a COVID-19 test. If you took a PCR test and that test is negative, you don’t need to test again even if you’re still having symptoms– you can trust that you don’t have COVID-19. However, if your symptoms are concerning, you should talk to a health care provider about the best way to manage them. Limit your activities and contact with other people until you feel better.
Wisconsin continues to see a high number of COVID-19 cases, especially among unvaccinated people. In Dane County in August, a person not fully vaccinated was five times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 and 21 times more likely to be hospitalized than a vaccinated person, according to Public Health Madison & Dane County.
The good news: Vaccination rates on and off campus are very high. And the other steps we’re all taking to protect against COVID-19, including wearing masks indoors and frequently washing/sanitizing hands, also protect against other viruses.
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Recent Town Halls
All-Employee Town Hall
UW–Madison Town Hall meeting from the Plenary Room in Grainger Hall discusses Delta, vaccines and where we are now.
Instructor Town Hall
UW–Madison Town Hall meeting from the Plenary Room in Grainger Hall discussing how faculty and staff will navigate the Fall 2021 return to campus.
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