COVID-19 rates increase in community


Rates of COVID-19 infection are increasing in the community. For the second week in a row, rates of positive COVID-19 tests are above 10%, levels not seen since July 2022. COVID-19, flu and RSV infection rates are high and spreading rapidly through the community, including with employees.

If you have symptoms of illness on a day you are supposed to work, you need to report those though the UC Davis Health daily employee symptom survey.  Links for the survey can be found at the top of the Coronavirus Resource Center on The Insider, and at the bottom of the page for InsideOut, if you are at home or accessing via a mobile device.

What symptoms should you look out for?

With COVID-19, symptoms include:  

  • fever or chills
  • respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose)
  • loss of taste and smell
  • fatigue
  • sore throat
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache

Influenza (flu) is typically defined by a really rapid onset. You might be feeling fine one minute, then all of a sudden, you feel like you were hit by a freight train. You can expect:

  • fever or chills
  • respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose)
  • muscle aches and pains
  • headaches

Children tend to have more stomach symptoms with influenza – stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea - compared to RSV and COVID.

RSV results in runny noses and frequent sneezing, but it’s generally a milder infection compared to flu and COVID. Other RSV symptoms include:

  • coughing
  • fever
  • wheezing
  • decrease in appetite

In order to confirm which virus is causing infection, a nasal swab test would need to be ordered by your primary care physician.