University of Michigan-Dearborn leaders have been working with University of Michigan officials and health professionals to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 over the past several months.
Our goals are to deliver on our mission while protecting health and safety by minimizing the potential spread of the disease, both within our community and in the broader society.
Use this page to get more information and answers regarding health, wellness and prevention.
Health, wellness and prevention
COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Since then, cases have been identified in multiple other countries including the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:
- It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
- Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.
A: According to the CDC people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
When to Seek Medical Attention.
If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
The CDC recommends that if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. (source: CDC)
There is not a vaccine although research that could lead to a vaccine is moving ahead quickly.
- There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of all 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.
- Consider alternatives to shaking hands.
- The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. For more information, please visit the CDC website.
- The state of Michigan now requires face coverings be worn in enclosed public spaces. Face coverings must be worn inside campus buildings.
- Maintain social distancing (six feet apart) from the person next to you.
What does it mean to self-quarantine or self-isolate?
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.
- Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
- Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
Should I self-quarantine, self-isolate, self-monitor or self-observation?
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate. The CDC offers the following guidance on how to self-isolate: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html.
If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should self-quarantine for 14 days.The CDC offers the following guidance on how to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html.
CDC recommends anyone returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning self-quarantine for 14 days from your last day in that country. The self-quarantine recommendation currently does not apply in general to travelers who only transit through an airport in one of these countries. Self-monitor for the development of any symptoms, and call your healthcare provider right away if you develop symptoms.
Those returning from domestic travel in areas with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 are encouraged to practice self-observation for the development of any symptoms, and call your healthcare provider right away if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
- Difficulty breathing.
To self-quarantine, you should:
- Stay home. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
- Separate yourself from other people in your home. Avoid visitors to your home.
- Self-monitor for fever by checking temperature at least twice a day. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
- When seeking medical care, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms before heading to the doctor’s office or the emergency room.
- Do not use public transport like buses or taxis.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and immediately throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
I am a student who is practicing self-quarantine, who should I contact to make arrangements to miss class and other obligations?
- Students that are practicing self-quarantine can contact the Dean of Students office for assistance with academics and classes, work, participation in campus organizations or requirements, and to discuss other considerations.
What if my roommate is practicing self-quarantine, what should I do?
- Students with roommates who are practicing self-quarantine should take precautionary measures including limiting contact with anyone who under quarantine, cleaning surfaces, washing hands frequently, and avoiding sharing utensils. Students can contact the Dean of Students office for further assistance.
I am an employee who is practicing self-quarantine, who should I contact to make arrangements to miss work?
- Employees with questions about working arrangements during self-quarantine should contact their unit supervisor. The university has established a one-time, paid time off bank related to the pandemic. Information is available on the Human Resources website: https://hr.umich.edu/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently revised Michigan’s stay at home order, extending it to May 15. The new executive order mandates that Michiganders who are medically-able must wear face coverings in public enclosed spaces starting on April 26 at 11:59 p.m. A face covering has been defined as a mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief, including those made at home. Wearing a face covering goes beyond protecting oneself from COVID-19. It also defends those most at risk and will help lessen the burden for frontline workers who are working long hours to protect our community during this pandemic. A face covering signifies solidarity with our community and reflects a commitment to beat the coronavirus.
As part of this order, anyone accessing a campus building is required to have a face covering while occupying public areas of the building. This includes, but is not limited to, hallways, elevators, staircases, restrooms, breakrooms, fax and copy areas.
Please note, wearing a face covering is in addition to practicing social distancing (remaining at least six feet apart from other people). Please remember to wash your hands regularly, especially before putting on and after you take off your face covering and not touching your face with unwashed hands. You do not need to wear a face covering when working alone in your office.
Please follow CDC guidelines of staying home if you are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (or any illness).
For more information, please visit the CDC website. Additional CDC guidance on the “Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19. This guidance discusses wearing, cleaning and removing face coverings as noted above. This document also has instructions on how to make your own face covering.
Updated (as of April 16): Having health insurance is important, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. U-M has worked with Blue Care Network, the carrier for our student health insurance plan, to re-open enrollment for students in need. The enrollment deadline for the Spring/Summer coverage period (5/1/20-8/23/20) is May 31, 2020. The purchase price for an individual student for the Spring/Summer coverage period is $538, with $100 deductible for in-network care, and $100 deductible for out-of-network care.
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