Symptoms of COVID-19

  • The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing.
  • Other symptoms can include fatigue, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, chills, muscle pain, headache and a new loss of taste or smell.
  • For a complete list of symptoms, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 symptoms page.


  • The CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus. To learn more about face coverings, how to make them and the importance of washing them, visit the CDC’s face coverings page.
  • Practice physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about two arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Visit the CDC’s physical distancing page for further guidance.
  • Public health officials recommend washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer as frequently as possible. To read more about hand-washing, soap and hand sanitizer, click here.
  • You should avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and avoid contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and do not travel or report to work.
  • Visit the CDC website to learn more about how to protect yourself and others.


Required asymptomatic COVID-19 testing

Regular testing, by means of a self-administered nasal swab, is required for all students living in university housing or participating in on-site or hybrid classes, as well as for faculty, staff and teaching assistants involved in on-site instruction or work.

Tests, which are administered through the UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center, are provided at no cost. Should a test come back positive, isolation and contact tracing protocols will be implemented immediately.

For more information on testing, visit the Ashe Center’s COVID-19 testing page and community screening FAQ page.

The following groups are screened once weekly:

  • Students and faculty living on campus
  • Undergraduates living in off-campus, university-owned housing
  • Faculty, TAs and students involved with in-person courses
  • Faculty and staff working on campus at least one day per week*
  • Pre–K-12 faculty and staff working on site
  • Pre–K-12 students over the age of 5
  • Faculty, staff and students involved in research ramp-up activities

* Employees working on campus at least one day per week who wish to be tested a second time weekly can drop by any of the three testing locations below for a walk-in test or can schedule a second appointment online.

The following groups are screened every two weeks:

  • Graduate students living in off-campus, university-owned housing who don’t fall into any of the cohorts above

Voluntary asymptomatic COVID-19 testing

Graduate and undergraduate students who are living near campus — including those in fraternities and sororities — but who are not involved in on-campus classes or work are highly encouraged to participate in voluntary weekly testing through the Ashe Center.

Faculty and essential staff who are working on campus less than one day per week are also encouraged to get screened once every two weeks, along with faculty, students and staff working in remote UCLA locations.

Testing locations and registration

Individuals on campus can choose between Covel Grand Horizon Ballroom on the Hill, Collins Court in the John Wooden Recreation Center, or Switzer Plaza, adjacent to the Community Health Sciences building, for their screening.

The Ashe Center also operates a mobile testing unit so that Bruins who live in the vicinity of campus can access free, convenient testing in the local community. For information on daily locations and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the COVID-19 mobile testing website.

Students, faculty and staff who are required to participate in weekly or bi-weekly screenings will receive regular emails to schedule their test appointments. Scheduling and test results are all available via mobile devices. If you fall into one of the regular screening groups but have not received an invitation, visit SummerBio to register.

Further details on testing requirements and procedures can be found in the revised Community Screening Protocol

General COVID-19 testing

UCLA Health offers many testing locations throughout the region, including drive-up testing sites. Prior to receiving a test, individuals must have an appointment and an order from a primary care physician. If you don’t have a primary care physician, please call 310-861-6654. If you’re not a UCLA Health patient, Los Angeles County operates test sites throughout the region.

All patients being admitted via UCLA Health emergency departments will be tested for COVID-19, as will all patients undergoing surgery or procedures at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; and many other UCLA Health clinical facilities.

In the event of a positive test:

  • Students and faculty tested through the Ashe Center will be notified by the center of a positive result. Isolation and contact tracing protocols will be implemented immediately.
  • Individuals who have been diagnosed with or who are likely to have COVID-19 are required to self-isolate per the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health emergency isolation order and to contact the UCLA COVID call center at 310-267-3300 (for faculty, staff and volunteers) or email (for non-affiliates who have been on campus).
  • If the UCLA COVID Call Center is closed:
    • Don’t go to work or report to campus until you have received instruction on the return to work date from the UCLA COVID Call Center.
    • Call and leave a message at the call center (310-267-3300) so that a nurse can contact you.
    • Notify your supervisor that you are not cleared for work. 
    • Contact your primary care physician for advice, or go to urgent care or the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center emergency department if symptoms require urgent medical care.
  • If a student, staff or faculty member is confirmed to have COVID-19, UCLA’s Exposure Management Team will investigate to determine who is considered a “close contact” to that person, contact them and ask them to self-isolate and schedule a test, if appropriate. Individuals who have been in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with a person who was diagnosed or was likely to have COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine per the L.A. County Department of Public Health emergency quarantine order.
  • Relevant deans, vice provosts, vice chancellors, directors and department chairs will be notified of any positive case within their areas of responsibility.

For detailed information, see UCLA’s standard notification procedures page.

COVID-19 treatments

  • Comprehensive information on COVID-19 treatments and vaccines is available on UCLA Health’s COVID-19 FAQ page and vaccine FAQ page. Following are some of the treatments currently available.
  • Monoclonal antibodies: The FDA has authorized the emergency use of two monoclonal antibody treatments for symptomatic, high-risk COVID-19 patients in outpatient settings. This treatment shows promise at reducing hospitalization rates among particularly vulnerable adults. UCLA Health proactively offers this treatment to eligible patients if their diagnostic COVID-19 test is processed at a UCLA Health lab and returns a positive result. 
  • Dexamethasone: This steroid can be given to people hospitalized with severe COVID-19 to reduce an overactive immune response. Dexamethasone is among multiple steroids widely available to UCLA Health patients.
  • Remdesivir: The FDA approved the use of the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The treatment is widely available to UCLA Health patients.

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