Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever (at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing

Other symptoms can include severe fatigue, muscle or body aches, runny nose, sore throat, chills, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting 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.


While federal, state and county health and safety protocols can change in response to the progression of the pandemic — physical distancing, for example, is no longer required on campus — members of the Bruin community are encouraged to keep in mind the longstanding recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • The CDC advises the use of 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.


Regular testing required for all Bruins

All students, faculty and staff living, learning or working on campus are required to test once a week (no more than seven days apart) and are encouraged to test twice weekly.

Note: Those who will be working or learning on campus one day a week or less are only required to test on the days they are on site.

Individuals may be directed to test if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive or if changing conditions warrant additional surveillance.

How and where to test: UCLA’s self-administered saliva-swab (PCR) tests kits are available from vending machines and distribution centers throughout campus. Anyone with a BruinCard can obtain up to two free tests per week. (A smartphone or tablet that receives SMS texts is also required.)

Within an hour of taking the test, deposit your sample in a collection bin next to the vending machines — make sure to deposit it between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday–Friday (excluding holidays).

Results for samples received before 11 a.m. will be available within 24 to 36 hours; those received after 11 a.m. will have results within 48 hours.

If you can’t obtain a test from a vending machine or require in-person testing for any reason, visit the in-person testing site at 300 Bradley Hall.

For more information on testing, visit the UCLA Ashe Center’s COVID-19 testing site.

Information on obtaining a BruinCard is available here.

General COVID-19 testing

UCLA Health offers COVID-19 diagnostic testing for UCLA Health patients in its primary care, pediatric and immediate care clinics. Prior to receiving a test, individuals must have an appointment and an order from their primary care physician. If you don’t have a primary care physician, please call 310-861-6654. More information is available in the “Testing” section of this FAQ.

If you’re not a UCLA Health patient or are looking for an alternative, Los Angeles County, CVS pharmacies, EXER urgent care and others operate test sites throughout Southern California.

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 Operating Procedure for Responding to COVID-19 Cases on Campus.

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.

Recommended COVID-19 resources

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