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Symptomatic Testing

COVID-19 testing is available on campus for all students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, follow these steps to take care of yourself and avoid spreading the virus to others.

  1. Isolate until you can get tested and know your COVID-19 status.

    If you’re feeling sick, it’s important to limit your contact with other people as much as possible until you know your COVID-19 status. Make sure you stay home and, if you live with others, always wear face masks and stay 6 feet apart if you can’t avoid each other altogether. You may also want to talk to your doctor or seek care at a nearby medical provider.

  2. Schedule a symptomatic test.

    Fill out the COVID-19 symptom checker to let us know what symptoms you’re experiencing. You’ll then receive an email with instructions for scheduling a symptomatic test on the IU campus of your choice. Remember, if you’re symptomatic, you should NOT get a required COVID Check test (you should request to be excused from testing) or a voluntary asymptomatic test.

  3. Get tested.

    While you should stay well hydrated earlier in the day, you should not eat, drink, smoke, vape, or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to your test. This will be a saliva-based test, and you will either walk up or drive up to your symptomatic testing location. You can refer back to your testing confirmation email for more information.

  4. Get your result.

    Your COVID-19 test result will be emailed to you within 24 to 72 hours of your symptomatic test. 

    • If your result is “detected,” this means you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and must follow isolation instructions from IU contact tracers, who will contact you by email, phone call, or text. 
    • If your result is “not detected,” you should remain in isolation until you’re feeling better. You are encouraged to talk to your doctor or seek medical care at a provider near you
    • If your result is “inconclusive,” “invalid,” or “unacceptable specimen,” then it was not possible to say whether you had COVID-19 at the time of your test. You should schedule a retest as soon as possible.