COVID-19

COVID-19 risk remains. Continue to protect yourself and others.

Reduce Your Risk of COVID-19

Get vaccinated, if able. Wear masks as required. Frequently wash/sanitize hands. Stay home when sick. Take other precautions, as recommended.


What are Coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that infect a variety of animal species. Bats, birds, camels, cats, and other animals are hosts to coronaviruses. They are also common causes of infection in people.

In humans, coronaviruses can cause mild to severe illness. For example, coronaviruses are one of the virus types that cause the common cold. A cold is generally a mild infection. In contrast, with COVID-19, the novel coronavirus causes severe illness and is responsible for millions of deaths.

What is a Novel Coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus is a newly identified virus that infects and causes illness in animals or people. The problem with any novel virus is the potential to spread through populations with little to no immunity to the virus.

Examples of other novel coronavirus outbreaks include severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV).


Quick Facts on Cal State LA COVID-19 Requirements and Resources

Before You Come to Campus

Complete daily health screening for symptoms of COVID-19. Please see Learn About Symptoms & What to Do If You are Sick (LACDPH). If you have symptoms of COVID-19 please call the Student Health Center or your primary physician, get tested for COVID-19, and follow isolation instructions.

  • Keep in mind that masks are required indoors and in University vehicles unless you are alone. Masks are recommended in crowded outdoor settings. Information on masks is available at COVID-19: Masks.

COVID-19 FAQ

Health Watch | Cal State LA and Return to Campus: Students | Cal State LA  provide the Cal State LA details you need on COVID-19.

For answers to common questions, visit Cal State LA COVID-19 FAQ.

Vaccination Requirement

In compliance with California State University policy, Cal State LA requires students to certify they are vaccinated with an approved vaccine or request a medical or religious exemption. Individuals who are not vaccinated or who have not submitted proof of vaccination are required to complete COVID-19 testing at least weekly.

For details, visit:

On-Campus Testing

Free COVID-19 testing is available to Cal State LA students at two on-campus locations. For details, visit COVID-19 Testing | Cal State LA.

Who Do I Contact If I Still Have Questions?

COVID-19 Requirements

Students who have questions related to COVID-19 requirements can contact the:

COVID-19 Symptoms, Care and Quarantine Guidelines

Students who have questions related to COVID-19 symptoms, care and quarantine guidelines should contact the:

  • Student Health Center: 323.343.3300

Resources

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

Basic Facts

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the most important COVID-19 prevention step that can be taken. Vaccination helps protect vaccinated individuals, loved ones and the community.

Who Can Be Vaccinated?

Individuals ages 12 and older are eligible for vaccination.

Resources on the Vaccines

Resources for Vaccinated Individuals

COVID-19 Prevention Resources

COVID-19 Exposure, Infection and Symptoms Resources

Additional Los Angeles County Resources


What Should I Do If...

I Develop COVID-19 Symptoms?

Please call the Student Health Center (323.343.3300) or your primary care physician, get tested for COVID-19, and follow isolation instructions.

If the Student Health Center and/or your primary care physician is not available and you need immediate medical advice please go to the nearest Urgent Care or Emergency Room or call 911.

I May Have Been Exposed?

Please call the Student Health Center (323.343.3300) or your primary care physician for quarantine guidelines and symptom monitoring.

If the Student Health Center and/or your primary care physician is not available and you need immediate medical advice please go to the nearest Urgent Care or Emergency Room.


Protect Yourself and Others

Resources

Travel Safely

Travel increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. As such, individuals who are not fully vaccinated should avoid non-essential travel (Travel Advisory and Guidance - LACDPH).

Individuals who are fully vaccinated should take all necessary precautions to reduce COVID-19 risk before, during and after travel, including following local home and destination public health orders and guidance.

Note: Individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms, have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or are waiting for COVID-19 test results should not travel.


Get Help to Manage Stress

Students who are distressed can seek assistance from the Student Health Center's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 323.343.3300.

Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This is a very challenging time. The following resources offer suggestions for managing stress:

Additional resources are available at:


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Get COVID-19?

Anyone exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 can become infected, so it is important to follow local and state public health orders and guidance to reduce risk. Certain individuals are at high risk for becoming seriously ill, which increases risk for hospitalization, being placed on a ventilator, and dying.

Individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are at decreased risk for getting COVID-19 and experiencing severe COVID-19. Because infected vaccinated individuals can still spread COVID-19, masking and other precautions should continue to be taken.

I'm Not Vaccinated. How Can I Protect Myself?

Consider getting vaccinated, if able to do so. Review:

Do I Need to Get Vaccinated if I Have had COVID-19?

Yes, individuals who have had COVID-19 should get vaccinated. Although antibodies from natural infection may provide some protection against the virus, evidence shows nothing protects against COVID-19 better than vaccines.

I'm Pregnant/Breastfeeding. Can I Get Vaccinated?

Pregnant and breastfeeding individuals can be vaccinated. Discuss vaccination with your healthcare provider.

For additional information, visit: COVID-19 FAQ: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Fertility (LACDPH).

How Does the COVID-19 Virus Spread?

Incubation Period

The incubation period for COVID-19 (the time period between getting infected and when symptoms develop) is 2-14 days. Infected individuals are most infectious when they have symptoms. However, the COVID-19 virus is also spread by infected individuals who do not have symptoms (a reason for continuing to take precautions). For those who develop symptoms, the virus can be spread to others 48 hours before their symptoms appear.

Viral Spread

The virus that causes COVID-19 primarily spreads through close contact with an infected person, but can also spread through aerosols that linger in the air.

When an infected person breathes, speaks, sings, coughs, or sneezes, droplets or aerosols from their respiratory tract enter the air. Viruses can then enter the mouths or noses of other individuals, or land on nearby objects. The COVID-19 virus is primarily spread by:

  • Breathing, speaking, singing, coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact (e.g., touching or shaking hands)
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
  • Rarely, fecal contamination

Close Contacts

A "close contact" is any of the following people who were exposed to a person with COVID-19*:

  • An individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • An individual who had unprotected contact with the infected person's body fluids and/or secretions, for example, being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva, or providing care without wearing appropriate protective equipment.

*A person with COVID-19, is considered to be infectious from 2 days before their symptoms first appeared until they are no longer required to be isolated. A person with a positive COVID-19 test but no symptoms is considered to be infectious from 2 days before their test was taken until 10 days after their test.

Individuals who have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to follow local public health guidance.

What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

Individuals infected with the COVID-19 virus may experience these symptoms:

  • Body or muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Loss of smell and taste (new)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Other symptoms

What are the Warning Signs of Serious COVID-19 Illness?

Call 911 in an emergency. Inform the dispatcher that you have/may have COVID-19.

Warning signs of serious illness that require immediate medical attention include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips or nail-beds, depending on skin tone
  • Other severe or concerning symptoms

For additional details, please see:

What is the Difference Between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19?

The flu and COVID-19 share certain features (e.g., both are contagious viral infections that cause respiratory and other symptoms), but also have differences (e.g., COVID-19 is associated with the loss of taste and smell and more severe illness).

If you develop respiratory, COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms:

  • Contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Can Someone Have COVID-19 and the Flu at the Same Time?

Yes, it's possible to be infected with both viruses (and other infections) at the same time.

What About Children and What is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome?

Most children who become infected with COVID-19 either have mild or no symptoms. However, some children develop severe illness.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

MIS-C has been diagnosed in some previously healthy children who are or have been infected with COVID-19. The condition causes potentially life-threatening swelling (inflammation) in the heart and blood vessels, kidneys, brain, skin, stomach and other organs. 

A child's healthcare provider should be contacted as soon as possible if they develop MIS-C symptoms, which include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Chest tightness/pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling extra tired
  • Headache
  • Low blood pressure
  • Neck pain
  • Rash
  • Vomiting

Emergency Warning Signs: Seek Emergency Care

Immediate emergency care should be sought for children who exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Bluish lips or face
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • New confusion
  • Pain or pressure in the chest that doesn't go away
  • Pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips or nail-beds, depending on skin tone
  • Trouble breathing
  • Other severe or concerning symptoms

Protect Children

The best protection against MIS-C is to help children avoid COVID-19 infection, including vaccination. Individuals 12 years of age and older are currently eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination.

For additional information, read:

Who is at High Risk for Becoming Seriously Ill?

Individuals at higher risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with the COVID-19 virus, include:

  • Older adults
  • Pregnant and recently pregnant individuals
  • People with certain medical conditions
    • Substance use disorders
    • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease
    • Solid organ or stem cell transplant
    • Smoking (current or former)
    • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
    • Overweight and obesity
    • Liver disease
    • Immunocompromised state
    • HIV infection
    • Heart conditions
    • Down syndrome
    • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
    • Dementia and other neurologic conditions
    • Chronic lung diseases (e.g., asthma, COPD)
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Cancer

Individuals who are or may be at higher risk should consult their healthcare provider and take necessary precautions to protect their health.

Other populations may also need to take extra precautions, including: