As we are continuing to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to do what I could to protect those around me. Since I can’t get the vaccine yet, I wanted to get tested. Thankfully, this semester, Eastern Kentucky University partnered with Wild Health to provide EKU students free COVID-19 testing. So, on Monday, Jan. 18, I went to the old Rec Center and got tested. It was very organized, quick and easy. I wish EKU offered free COVID-19 testing last semester, but I’m glad it was offered this semester. I noticed a few other students walk in after I was tested, and that gave me hope that other students are jumping at the chance to get tested and to protect their fellow classmates, roommates and community. 

I received my results that same night, and, thankfully, I was negative. I’m glad I received my results before my first in-person classes that Tuesday. Ever since the pandemic started last spring, I have been very cautious, wearing my mask, washing my hands more often, and socially distancing when I’m out in public. It is so important that we remember to follow the rules and safety precautions that are put in place so we can stay safe and healthy. This virus has devastated hundreds of thousands of families all across the country. We can do our part to slow down the spread of this virus, and hopefully, as the vaccines are distributed to more and more people over the next few months, we can get back to some sense of normalcy. 

If you have not been tested for COVID-19 yet, I would recommend you get tested. Even if you feel healthy, it can give you peace of mind to know you are not spreading the virus unknowingly. The nasal swab is not as bad as some people say it is. It feels like you have to sneeze, but it’s over in no time. Here is a list of locations where you can get tested.

If you or someone you know is having symptoms of the virus, please quarantine and seek medical attention if needed. According to the CDC, symptoms may include the following:

  • fever

  • dry coughs

  • shortness of breath associated with respiratory illness

  • muscle pain

  • headache

  • new loss of taste or smell

  • sore throat

  • chills

  • repeated shaking with chills

  • diarrhea

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the novel coronavirus, according to the CDC.

Members of the EKU campus community who receive a positive test result from any testing agency should report it on the COVID-19 Self-Monitoring Form.

As we continue the spring semester, remember to wash your hands, wear a mask, stay home if you feel ill, social distance, and get tested.


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