What you should know about treating and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Last updated May 21, 2020

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus disease that was first identified in December 2019. It is part of a larger family of viruses called coronavirus, some of which are in circulation normally and can cause illnesses like the common cold. COVID-19 is not the same strain of coronavirus as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

If you believe you or someone you know may have been exposed to COVID-19, please complete this form.


University Updates 


Virtual Learning Period

The Virtual Learning Period will continue the summer. GW will be open this fall and operating to the fullest extent that is safely possible, with the goal of in-person instruction and a residential academic experience.

Virtual Learning Information




GW remains open and operational, but only employees designated as on-site should travel to and from our campuses. Current telework requirements for all other employees remain in place until futher notice. 


Telework Information 


Who to Contact 



Faculty & Staff 

  • GW’s live-answer Information Line for COVID-19-related questions is available from Monday through Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and can be reached at 1-855-GWU-INFO (855-498-4636).



Symptoms & Treatment

Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:

  • fever
  • cough or sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • chills or repeated shaking with chills
  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell

Public health officials say the symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Learn more at the CDC’s website

If you are not feeling well or have any COVID-19 related questions, please call the Colonial Health Center office at 202-994-8951 during normal business hours for an assessment and evaluation of your symptoms. Please note that operating hours may change as this situation evolves. For up-to-date hours, please visit the CHC website. If you believe you have been exposed or someone you know has been exposed to someone who is a confirmed case of COVID-19 please fill out this form

Students, staff and faculty who are ill—no matter the cause—are encouraged to stay home and to communicate by phone or email to relevant parties (professors, supervisor, etc.) to let them know they are sick. 

Testing for COVID-19

You will be tested only if you meet the current U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. Clinicians will use their judgement to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether an individual should be tested. Visit the CDC website for information about current testing criterial.