What should I do if I feel ill?

June 26, 2020

Anyone who presents symptoms compatible with a COVID-19 or flu-like illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other respiratory viruses) should not be on UMB’s campus and should seek guidance from a health care provider. This includes all general, administrative, research, lab, and classroom settings. Contact your health care provider or UMaryland Immediate Care at 667-214-1899.

Essential UMB faculty and staff, and on-campus students who have COVID-19 symptoms should call the UMB COVID-19 Hotline at 800-701-9863 for the most up-to-date guidance, including when to call for emergency care.

Students not living or working on campus who are experiencing symptoms of, believe they have been exposed to, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should contact their primary care physician or the UMB Student Health Center at 667-214-1899 for medical advice. Students should also contact their school’s student affairs dean to receive support.

Please do not send students and employees to the UMB COVID-19 Hotline solely for information or assistance with testing.

If you were diagnosed with a respiratory virus other than COVID-19, you do not need to report the diagnosis.

Remain out of work for seven days from the onset of a flu-like illness. Do not return to work until you have been symptom- and fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications or cough suppressants) for 72 hours.

If your doctor thinks you may have COVID-19 but you have not been tested yet, or are awaiting results, continue to be away from work as advised in this guidance.

Wear a face mask until all symptoms resolve or for 14 days from when you started feeling sick, whichever is longer. During the period that UMB is dealing with COVID-19, an employee will not be required to provide medical documentation upon return to work if the absence was due to a flu-like illness.


If you have a history of seasonal allergies and sneezing, nasal congestion, sore throat, or cough, without a fever, do not return to work for at least 48 hours and only if your symptoms do not progress.

Monitor yourself for worsening symptoms and signs of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. After 48 hours, if your symptoms have not progressed you can return to work.

Wear a face mask until all symptoms resolve or for 14 days from when you started feeling sick, whichever is longer.