UNM is closely monitoring the global public health concern related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through trusted authorities including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of State, World Health Organization, New Mexico Department of Health and UNM Health Sciences.
UNM’s Coronavirus Website has useful information on updates, resources, and prevention.
- SHAC's COVID-19 FAQs
- Your Guide to Face Masks - CDC
Close Contact Exposure: What do I do?
Information about COVID-19 can feel overwhelming. We are all faced with considering new ways of interacting with our world and each other (washing hands frequently, mask use, maintaining recommended physical distance, among many others). By now, you may know someone who has been touched by this disease. You may wonder what to do if you discover that someone you know or someone you may have been in close contact with has tested positive for COVID-19. The first thing to do is stay calm and get more information. Your vulnerability to being exposed depends on when your friend, colleague, or acquaintance, became ill, and when, how long and under what circumstances you were in contact with them.
What is considered a close contact or exposure?
A close contact is defined as being:
- within six (6) feet of a person with COVID-19 for three (3) minutes without a mask or ten (10) minutes with a mask;
- having exposure to the person’s respiratory secretions (for example, coughed or sneezed on; kissing or hugging; or having shared a drinking glass or utensils) while the person was contagious.
A person with COVID-19 is considered to be contagious starting from 2 days before they became sick, or 2 days before they have tested positive if they never had symptoms. Most individuals are considered to be infectious for 10 days from the time of their symptom onset or positive testing and are asked to physically isolate from others.
What should I do if I meet the criteria of a having an exposure or close contact?
- Begin to quarantine, which means staying at home unless you need medical care (usually 14 days without testing).
- Begin to monitor yourself for flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, body aches).
- Students: Call UNM Student Health & Counseling and connect with the COVID-19-line provider, by calling (505) 277-3136 and selecting option #7. You may also call the New Mexico Department of Health Hotline, 1-855-600-3453.
- The provider will help advise you on whether you currently qualify for testing, provide you with information on quarantine and other medical advice, and answer your questions.
Please use the chart below to decipher your symptoms.
See also: Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19 - CDC
Managing Fears and Anxiety Around Coronavirus
A Message from Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, many people are struggling with worry and anxiety. To help everyone cope, we are making mindfulness exercises available to those in need through this difficult time.
For more information about your UNM TAO, click here.