For COVID Symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms can be variable but may include sore throat, cough, a new loss of taste or smell, fever, difficulty breathing, new headache, body aches, runny nose, nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Where can I find the most current information about COVID-19?

The most current information about COVID-19 is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

What do I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
If students experience any of the following severe symptoms at any time, they should seek emergency medical help by calling Bowdoin Security at (207) 725-3500 or 911 immediately: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

For milder COVID-19 symptoms, BinaxNOW tests may be collected at health services during normal business hours or at security outside of normal hours and on weekends. No more than two tests will be issued at a time and the tests should be taken twenty-four hours apart. Students receiving these kits will take a virtually observed test through eMed.com with results reported automatically through Navica, the BinaxNOW companion app. For this to work, it is critical that they have the Navica app on their phone. (Students received an email with the subject line "Navica Invitation from Bowdoin College" with instructions on how to download the app and connect it to Bowdoin.) 

If I have symptoms but test negative on a BinaxNOW test observed through eMed, what should I do?
If you have symptoms and test negative for COVID-19 on a BinaxNOW test observed through eMed you may go to class and participate in your usual activities for the next twenty-four hours, but you must wear a face covering and at all times until you no longer have symptoms. If symptoms persist or worsen, go to health services or security for an additional BinxaxNOW test to take while visually observed through eMed.

What can I do to take care of myself if I have COVID-like symptoms but do not have COVID?

  • To manage minor symptoms you may take over-the-counter medications for discomfort. For fever or chills you may use over-the-counter acetaminophen 325mg two tabs every four hours or ibuprofen 200mg two tabs every four hours. These over-the-counter medications are included in the “Self Care” packets available at Health Services.
  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Wear a face covering at all times outside of your room. 
  • Contact your professors if you are unable to participate in class.

Our goal remains the provision of the most effective and timely healthcare for our students, keeping the safety of the community in mind.  Health Services is located on the third floor of Buck. Our visits are always free for all students. See our FAQ’s about the other services we offer. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us by email at healthservices@bowdoin.edu or by phone: (207) 725-3770. 

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community healthy and safe!