Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Quarantine: Ensures someone exposed (close contact) to COVID-19 is away from others; typically lasts at least 14 days

  • Self-Isolation: Ensures someone who is sick, or has tested positive, is away from others even in their own homes; typically lasts at least 10 days or longer

  • COVID – you may or may NOT have symptoms

    • Asymptomatic carrier: Many people can test positive and never develop symptoms. HOWEVER, you still can make others sick!

    • COVID Symptoms
      • Mild to Moderate:
        • These symptoms tend to be more “flu-like.”
        • Possible symptoms include:
          • Headache
          • Nausea
          • Vomiting
          • Diarrhea
          • Upper Respiratory Congestion
          • Fever
          • Cough
          • Loss of taste, and smell
        • More Severe:
          • If this occurs seek medical attention immediately.
          • You may need to call 911 for assistance.
          • Symptoms may include:
            • Shortness of breath
            • Difficulty Breathing
            • Severe Cough
            • Confused and disoriented

UNM Students: If you have symptoms that you think might be due to infection with Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), think that you need to be tested for COVID or have concern for an exposure, please call SHAC at (505) 277-3136 and follow the prompts to speak with a SHAC medical provider.

 

Testing for UNM Students

UNM Bringing Back the Pack - Targeted Interventional COVID-19 Testing for Lobos

 

NM Dept of Health Testing Sites

Please follow the link provided to the New Mexico Department of Health directory of testing sites, which has the most current information: https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html

vaulthealth.com
Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing for New Mexicans

Did you test positive? Be sure to self-report: Self-Reporting of Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis

Be aware that a test is only a snapshot in time and can only tell your COVID-19 status at that moment. A test does not protect you from developing COVID-19 in the future, so please continue to practice physical distancing, wear a mask in public (and in situations where physical distancing is not possible), and regularly wash your hands and disinfect high-touch surfaces. 

Persons who have symptoms similar to those with COVID-19 are encouraged to get tested (e.g., cough, fever). If you are not symptomatic or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, a test may not be appropriate at the moment. Please discuss with a healthcare provider if you have any question of whether you should get a test.

Socializing and staying in touch with friends and family is important. Wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through the reduction of droplets emitted through the air when we breath, speak, laugh, and sing. Masks are also very important to help mitigate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people. 

Since we can be infected with and spread the virus that causes COVID-19 without symptoms or before symptoms develop, wearing a mask helps protect the people we come into contact with. And, when others wear a mask they help protect us. Also, there are medically fragile people among us who may be at risk for developing serious complications when infected. When we all wear a mask we help protect the pack. 

The more we can limit the spread of infection the more likely we can continue to get back to doing the things and going to the places we love. But being able to do so partially depends on what we decide to do, and wearing a mask is one way to continue the progress we made during lockdown.

When deciding to socialize, consider this: The likelihood of being infected is related to being exposed to the virus and the amount of time we are exposed to the virus. What does this mean practically? 

Limit the number of people hanging out together at one time. Why? Less people makes it easier to create space between each other and also limits the statistical probability of coming in contact with someone unknowingly carrying the virus.

Consider hanging out together outside. Why? Most people are infected by close contacts in places such as home and work. When we are outside we can spread out and take advantage of the greater volume of air around us to disperse any mucous droplets that may contain the virus.

SHAC can help navigate the specifics to your recovery.

Step 1: Don’t panic.

Step 2: Stay Home and call SHAC’s COVID Line (505) 277-3136.

Step 3: Go to http://www.unm.edu/coronavirus/ and self-report.

Step 3: Email professors about your situation.

Step 4: Anticipate a call from the Department of Health (please answer your phone).

Step 5: Check SHAC website for more information on COVID-19 and FAQs.

Your health is our greatest concern. Please be assured that because you tested positive that you will not be discriminated against or in trouble in anyway. There is no punishment for testing positive. Reporting will only benefit you and your UNM community. We are here to help you recovery safely.

  • STAY HOME
    • You don’t want to get other people sick.
    • You don’t want to contract another infection while your immune system is busy fighting off COVID.
  • Sleep
    • Medically proven to support your immune system
  • Stay hydrated: at least 2 liters / day (3 liters if you have a fever)
    • Fluids: water, broth, Gatorade
    • Urine should be clear to light yellow if properly hydrated and frequent (3-4 times a day).
  • Monitor your temperature.
    • Keep your temperature down with Tylenol (acetaminophen).
  • Cough and cold medicine may help Dayquil/Nyquil or Theraflu (generics work, too!).
  • Be very CAREFUL and read labels - many of these over-the-counter medicines already have acetaminophen or Motrin in them. You don’t want to take extra Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen (Motrin). Please consult a pharmacist before purchasing.

  • TO REVIEW:

    • The most important thing you can do if you feel sick is STAY HOME. Contact SHAC ASAP for further guidance.
    • This means:
      • No work
      • No School
      • No visiting family - this greatly increases risk to your family members

COVID can take a great toll on one’s mental health, know that SHAC is here to help keep you mentally healthy as well! Below are great resources to help guide your mental health care.

http://shac.unm.edu/services/mental-health/index.html

https://mentalhealth.unm.edu/ 

Socializing and staying in touch with friends and family is important. Wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through the reduction of droplets emitted through the air when we breath, speak, laugh, and sing. Masks are also very important to help mitigate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people. 

Since we can be infected with and spread the virus that causes COVID-19 without symptoms or before symptoms develop, wearing a mask helps protect the people we come into contact with. And, when others wear a mask they help protect us. Also, there are medically fragile people among us who may be at risk for developing serious complications when infected. When we all wear a mask we help protect the pack. 

The more we can limit the spread of infection the more likely we can continue to get back to doing the things and going to the places we love. But being able to do so partially depends on what we decide to do, and wearing a mask is one way to continue the progress we made during lockdown.

When deciding to socialize, consider this: The likelihood of being infected is related to being exposed to the virus and the amount of time we are exposed to the virus. What does this mean practically? 

Limit the number of people hanging out together at one time. Why? Less people makes it easier to create space between each other and also limits the statistical probability of coming in contact with someone unknowingly carrying the virus.

Consider hanging out together outside. Why? Most people are infected by close contacts in places such as home and work. When we are outside we can spread out and take advantage of the greater volume of air around us to disperse any mucous droplets that may contain the virus.

The virus is spread through the droplets that leave our mouth when we are just doing normal things such as breathing and speaking. These droplets travel to around 6 feet. Keeping this physical distance makes it less likely that we would inadvertently breathe them in.

Recent studies of SARS-CoV-2 have shown that frequent hand washing (up to 10 times a day), can reduce infection rates by up to 50%. It is a simple measure that, when done consistently, makes a big difference.

Contact sports, by their nature, involve the potential for exposure to high levels of virus should a participant be asymptomatic (i.e., well enough to play) and also be infected and actively shedding the virus. .

Restrictions are being lifted very gradually based on the best science and data available. New Mexico has been ahead of the game in this and has specific, evidence-based “gating criteria." 

What this means practically is that when certain parameters are met including lower rates of infection, ability to test adequately, and the availability of enough intensive care unit beds and ventilators in the hospitals for those that require them, then our society can safely resume certain activities in specific ways. The ability to do so depends on each individual’s willingness to be accountable to the greater whole by following the specified guidelines. In essence, the UNM saying of “each of us defines all of us” has never been more applicable. The more each of us are willing to sacrifice some personal freedoms for the good of the whole, the more likely that we will all be able to engage in day-to-day life in a manner that more closely resembles “normal."  UNM’s ability to conduct in-person classes, labs and activities will depend greatly on the behavior of the pack. For more specific information see: https://bringbackthepack.unm.edu/

To register, go to the NM Department of Health (NMDOH) COVID-19 Vaccine Registration System. When vaccine is available, NMDOH will send you a notification to schedule your appointment.

Lobos, we ask that you be completely honest when filling out your vaccine registration. This will ensure that all students will be put into the queue properly. If your BMI falls within range that can be considered a predisposing condition, please complete that section of the registration truthfully. Young adults (18-24) who've contracted COVID-19 and were hospitalized, normally had a higher BMI range. 

See also UNM Bringing Back the Pack - COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the UNM Community.

Are you hesitant about the Vaccine?

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is here many of you may be excited and eager to receive it, while others may be reluctant. For those of you who are hesitant, you may be experiencing mistrust, fear, and concern with so many outlets providing information to you and your loved ones. SHAC Health Promotion can help guide you:

Letter to Lobo Pack re: COVID Vaccine

What do I do once I am vaccinated?

After vaccination you will be given information to participate in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) v-safe health checker. This smartphone-based tool utilizes text messaging to track any side effects you may get. Depending on your answers, someone from the CDC may contact you. SHAC highly recommends that you sign up for and participate in this system. For more information, click here.

It is highly recommended by your SHAC medical team that you rest for at least 2 weeks after having COVID. If not fully healed, exercise can spread the virus throughout body, affecting the heart and potentially leading to serious heart issues. If your symptoms are no longer occurring, focusing on those below your neck (i.e., breathing difficulties, chest pain, etc.), please ease your way into physical activity with lower intensity workouts (i.e., walking, biking, yoga, etc.). After a few days of low intensity activity (and you are feeling okay), you can continue to increase the intensity of your activity gradually. Continue this until you're at your desired level. If at any time you have chest pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath (that is NOT normal to regular activity), please stop all physical activity immediately and make an appointment to be evaluated by your medical provider.