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Know Your Risk

California State University San Marcos follows the guidelines of county, state and federal public health officials and other authorities when addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases involving its students, faculty and staff.

Wearing a mask or face covering and avoiding touching your face can significantly reduce the risk of spreading COVID to others or contracting COVID, and provides an important barrier to prevent the spread of COVID.

Case Alert Protocol Report a Positive Case

What is Close Contact?

Close contact with someone who has COVID-19 is defined by public health officials as someone who has:

  • Had face to face contact with someone who has COVID for at least 15 minutes within a distance less than 6 feet.
  • Been in a closed room or space for 15 minutes such as in a classroom, meeting room, house, car or other interior area.
  • Touched, hugged or had any kind of physical contact with the person with COVID.
  • Had direct contact with an ill person's respiratory droplets. For example, have been directly sneezed on.
  • Provided care to someone who has COVID, such as a health care worker.
  • Been on an airplane with and had contact with someone who has COVID. This can depend upon how much the person with COVID moved about the plane.

 Cold vs. Flu vs. COVID-19

Source: WebMD. Download as PDF

Information is still evolving. If you are unsure you should consult your doctor.

Symptoms Cold Flu COVID-19
Fever Rare High (100-102 F) Common
Headache Rare Intense Can be present
General Aches, Pains Slight Usual, often sever Can be present
Fatigue, Weakness Mild Intense, Can last up to 2-3 weeks Can be present
Extreme Exhaustion Never Usual (starts early) Can be present
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes Has been reported
Sneezing Usual Sometimes Has been reported
Sore Throat Common Common Has been reported
Cough Mild to moderate Common, can become severe Common
Shortness of Breath Rare Rare In more serious infections