The Student Health Center recommends that all students respond quickly to flu-like symptoms. Typical symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, headache, and a sore throat.
With cases increasing during the winter months, the Student Health Center encourages everyone to take the following actions to minimize the risk of getting sick:
For a full list of updates from UT regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, visit https://utk.edu/coronavirus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds (Try singing the chorus to “Rocky Top” twice!)
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with 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
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Do not share your food, drink, or utensils with others
Have you caught the flu? Here are some treatment measures you can take:
- Use a cool-mist humidifier to increase air moisture for a cough
- Gargle with warm or cold double-strength tea or saltwater or use over-the-counter throat lozenges for a sore throat
- Use salt-water drops or over-the-counter nasal sprays or oral decongestants for a runny nose or congestion
- Use warm compresses for muscle aches
- Stay home until you have been fever-free for 24 hours
- Get plenty of rest, which helps your body fight the virus
- If you have a diminished appetite, you may prefer liquids at first
- Drink at least eight glasses of water a day
If you need to schedule a same-day appointment at the Student Health Center, call the triage nurse at 865-974-5080.
A number of same-day evaluation times are available each day at the Student Health Center. Sixty percent of all daily appointments are available for same-day scheduling. These same-day appointments may only be scheduled by calling the triage nurse.