Self Help


The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Check out the resources below for more information on COVID-19, what USF is doing, and how to prevent the spread and stay well.

Symptoms and Testing

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Check the links for information on symptoms and testing options for the USF community.

Protect Yourself and Others from Getting Sick

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes. Returning to campus safely is a shared responsibility. Everyone will be required to comply with USF expectations regarding daily symptom checks, regular handwashing, sanitizing spaces, etc.

Coping with Stress and Anxiety

The pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as physical distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Sex and Partners during COVID-19

Many of you may still wish to engage in sex with a partner or utilize dating apps. We want you to know the risks and how to be safe. Check out the sites below for tips on staying safe during sexual activity. COVID-19 restrictions can be particularly dangerous for those in abusive relationships however. Get help by contacting our Victim Advocate (727-873-4422, option 4), contacting a hotline, or contact our UPD (x34444) in an emergency.