Signs, Symptoms and Prevention of COVID-19: How Social Distancing Helps Flatten the Curve

In this time, it is critically important for all of us to do our part as community members and provide care and support to one another. You’ve probably heard that practicing social distancing can help “flatten the curve.” This means reducing the number of people infected at the same time. This helps keep the health care system from becoming overwhelmed, and allows medical professionals to provide the best care possible to someone who is sick. COVID-19 can be carried by an individual and passed onto another person, even if that individual does not show any symptoms, which is why practicing social distancing as much as possible can slow the spread.

Common Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Common symptoms include:

  • Fever (100.3 or higher)
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Cough

Prevention and Safety Precautions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest the following prevention strategies:

  • Wash your hands often with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Eat well, stay hydrated, and get plenty of sleep. Taking care of your body during this time is one of the best ways to prevent getting sick.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (cell phone, door handle, light switch, laptop).
  • Avoid touching your face and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
  • Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet apart from another person and avoid unnecessary outings or social gatherings.

What to do if you or someone else is sick or fears exposure:

Any member of the Stetson community who has been to campus in the last 14 days and feels they may have come into direct contact with the virus causing COVID-19 or is experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever over 100.3, cough, shortness of breath) should alert Stetson immediately. Fill out this online form: Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Concern Form. During business hours, call Health Service (386-822-810). After business hours, call Public Safety (386-822-7300). If you are concerned about someone else’s exposure, also let us know – don’t just tell them to do so.  This applies to our College of Law students, faculty and staff.