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University Health Services is your comprehensive on-campus health care resource. We specialize in outpatient student health including the treatment of medically urgent problems and ongoing health concerns. We provide preventative care, education, and resources to help students live a healthy lifestyle.

Appointment Scheduling & Pharmacy Changes
While Penn State continues to monitor the global outbreak of the coronavirus closely, University Health Services will only allow patients with a SCHEDULED appointment to be seen. If you are experiencing Upper Respiratory Infection or Flu-Like Illness, you will need to call our Advice Nurse line at 814-863-4463 PRIOR to having an appointment scheduled.

All individuals with medical concerns must call to schedule an appointment at 814-863-0774. We will not be allowing walk-ins during this time. Those with questions or health concerns should call the UHS Advice Nurse at 814-863-4463.

The UHS Pharmacy will only provide prescriptions by mail and curbside pickup and is not allowing walk-in patients until further notice. Check out the link below for more information.

Thank you for your patience and for helping us protect the health and safety of the Penn State community.
UHS Pharmacy

Questions about Coronavirus?

What is Coronavirus?

A novel (new) coronavirus which causes respiratory illness was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019”, abbreviated “COVID-19”.

Since then, cases have been identified in many other countries including the US.

 COVID-19 illnesses have ranged from little to no symptoms to more severe illness, like pneumonia and occasionally death. People most seriously affected tend to be older adults and individuals with weakened immune systems or underlying health problems.

Learn more about how the University is responding by visiting their coronavirus website. 

How it Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest) and exhibiting symptoms like fever and cough.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects

A person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.  Distancing from someone who seems to be ill can help prevent one from becoming ill and can help prevent the spread.

Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

  • The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
Prevention
  • Efforts are underway to develop a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus), however, no vaccine is available currently to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • However, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid shaking hands, try a head nod or fist-bump instead
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Don’t share food, beverages or smoking devices with others
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, sleeve or into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
      • CDC does not recommend that people who are well to wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
      • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in a close setting (at home or in a health care facility).

If you experience symptoms of respiratory illness, call the UHS Nurse Advice Line at 814-863-4463

Treatment

People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection.

What To Do If You Are Sick

Recommendations for Students with Respiratory Symptoms

  • Individuals should seek medical care if they have symptoms of fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing.
  • Before going to a healthcare facility, call ahead. Tell them about any recent travel and symptoms. UHS Staff may provide specific instructions about how to come to the facility and where to go upon arrival to minimize the risk of exposing others, or depending on your symptoms, may give self-care advice that you can follow at home.
  • Take your temperature
  • Students should call the 24-hour UHS Nurse Advice Line at 814-863-4463 for advice about how to get medical care
  • If available, wear a facemask
  • On the way to a healthcare facility:
    • Avoid contact with others as much as possible
    • Do not take public transportation to UHS or other healthcare facilities
    • Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not the hands) when coughing or sneezing
  • If available, wear a facemask
Stigma

Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things.

Remember that people – including those of Asian descent – who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of the ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than other individuals.

Some groups of people who may be experiencing stigma because of COVID-19 include:

  • Persons of Asian descent
  • People who have traveled
  • Emergency responders or healthcare professionals

Stigma hurts everyone by creating fear or anger toward other people.

Stigmatized groups may be subjected to:

  • Social avoidance or rejection
  • Denials of healthcare, education, housing or employment
  • Physical violence.

If you become aware of hateful comments or bias incidents on campus, consider making a report to the Behavioral Threat Management Team, https://btmt.psu.edu/.

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.
  • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.
  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.
Additional Resources

Crisis Lines: Penn State Crisis Line (1-877-229-6400) and the Crisis Text Line (text “LIONS” to 741741

WellTrack: free app and online self-evaluation tool that offers tips for managing stress and anxiety, self-help videos, and guidance in determining next steps.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Penn State:  https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/counseling

Additional resources may be found through the CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html

Student Care & Advocacy: Dedicated to ensuring students are well connected to resources when going through a crisis. StudentCare@psu.edu

Guidance for Home Quarantine

Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Monitor your symptoms and if they develop or worsen then call your health care provider BEFORE seeking in-person care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Wear a facemask when you are around other people or pets.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; wash your hands afterward with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer; use soap and water preferentially if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily with a household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.

What To Do If You Get Sick

If you get sick with a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about your recent travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Guidance for Household Members During Quarantine

Household members, intimate partners, and caregivers in a nonhealthcare setting may have close contact with a person who is under investigation for infection. Close contacts should monitor their health; they should call their healthcare provider right away if they develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19: such as fever, cough, shortness of breath.

Close contacts should also follow these recommendations:

  • Make sure that you understand and can help the person follow their healthcare provider’s instructions for medication(s) and care. You should help the patient with basic needs in the home and provide support for getting groceries, prescriptions, and other personal needs.
  • Household members should stay in another room or be separated from the person as much as possible. Household members should use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if available.
  • Prohibit visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home.
  • Household members should care for any pets in the home. 
  • Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good airflow, such as by an air conditioner or an opened window, weather permitting.
  • Perform hand hygiene frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing household items with the person being quarantined. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day. these items. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

University Health Services is an all-inclusive health care service at University Park offering medical, pharmacy, lab, imaging, physical therapy, medical records, insurance, and emergency services in one convenient on-campus location. We employ a team of knowledgeable and compassionate clinicians and support staff who are able to diagnose and treat routine illnesses and preexisting medical conditions. Our clinicians provide treatment for a wide array of health concerns that most commonly include:

  • Sore throats
  • Fever
  • Colds
  • Viral Infections
  • Flu
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Headaches
  • Routine Medical Exams
  • STIs/STDs
  • And More

We invite you to learn more about University Health Services. Please explore our departments and areas of specialization, or visit myUHS to schedule your first appointment.

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University Park, PA 16802
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