The latest information concerning coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

A wide range of symptoms of COVID-19 have been reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness, but anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.

According to the CDC, people with these symptoms may have 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

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

When to Seek Medical Attention

Look for these emergency warning signs for COVID-19 and seek emergency medical care immediately if someone is any of these signs:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

This list does not contain all possible symptoms. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.


There is no vaccine nor any known antiviral treatment for COVID-19, so treatment is primarily supportive care. Mild cases may be treated at home, but severe illness requires hospitalization. Please see these guidelines from Student Health Partners on the common symptoms of viral respiratory diseases and how to respond to them.

COVID-19 vaccination (primary and boosters):

On September 1st, 2022, CDC/ACIP authorized two boosters containing the original COVID-19 strain plus Omicron variants (Moderna and Pfizer mRNA "bivalent" vaccines) for all persons age 12 or older who are at least 2 months from their most recent COVID immunization. In addition, if you have been ill with COVID-19 recently, CDC recommends waiting 3 months since your infection before getting the bivalent booster. To determine which vaccine or booster you should receive, please visit the CDC Vaccines for COVID-19 website.

From Oct 7 - Dec 9, 2023, MSU offered appointment-based Moderna bivalent boosters at vaccine clinics every Friday from noon - 3 pm for MSU students, faculty, and staff. We will not be offering boosters over winter break. Please check back in January 2023 to see if there has been sufficient demand for us to open Spring semester vaccine clinics.

Click here to see if there is a Moderna bivalent booster vaccine clinic available
Note - on the webpage this link opens (PrepMod), you do not need to enter any search information, just scroll down to any available MSU clinic.If there is one listed on a future date, please click on "Sign Up for a COVID-19 Vaccination" and you will be able to choose any available time slot. If none are left for that date, please select the next available date. Please bring your active MSU ID and your COVID vaccination card to the booster clinic at your appointment time. The clinic is in the same location as the past two years: the Bobcat Grill area in the basement of the SUB, adjacent to the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success and across the hall from the SUB Rec Center (bowling alley, pool tables, etc.).

If you need a primary series vaccine or need a bivalent booster (Moderna or Pfizer) during periods we are not offering booster vaccine clinics, please visit to find a vaccination site near you.

last updated 12-14-22

More about COVID-19

What are coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a large family of 50-plus distinct viruses which are found worldwide and infect both mammals and birds. Four coronaviruses have been circulating amongst humans for years and are believed to cause 20-40% of common cold infections per year. Two other coronaviruses have caused much more serious human illness since 2002: SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.

Updated: July 6, 2021