Frequently Asked Questions:

(Source: S.C. DHEC and CDC)

What is COVID-19?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus from the coronavirus family that has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. COVID-19 is called a “novel” coronavirus, meaning it is a new strain of virus. It is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

The most current information on this virus is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2019 Novel Coronavirus portal.

What are the symptoms?

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. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please see the CDC’s website for the latest information.

How is COVID-19 spread?

The COVID-19 virus is spread by droplets created by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact with an infected individual; and by touching an infected surface or object, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. This is the same way the flu is spread. How easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary.

Is Lander monitoring the COVID-19 situation?

Lander University officials are closely monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak, including recommendations from national, state, and local public health authorities. Lander is following S.C. DHEC and CDC guidance to help protect the wellbeing of students, faculty and staff on campus. The university has a pandemic preparedness plan that provides actions that will be followed.  Updates will be shared with the university community as new information becomes available or as needed.

How do I protect myself?

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person; between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet); and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. 

See the CDC’s website for more information on protecting yourself from COVID-19.

Who can I talk to if this situation has caused me to feel stressed or overwhelmed?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please contact Student Health Services at 864-388-8885 or  The Student Health Services office is located in the Genesis Building, next door to the Lander University Police Department.

For assistance with health and/or counseling services afterhours, contact Lander University Police at 864-388-8222 (non-emergency) or 864-388-8911 (emergency).

Where can I find more information?

The University recommends students, faculty and staff stay up-to-date on the COVID-19 situation by following information and updates from verified news outlets and public health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and S.C. DHEC.

What should I do if I feel ill?

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you are asked to immediately contact Student Health Services or make an appointment to see your health care provider. Student Health Services can be reached at ; 864-388-8885 (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.); 864-388-8222 (After-Hours/Weekends); or 864-388-8911 (Emergency).

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation is for people who are already sick. Quarantine is for people who are not sick, but may have been exposed.

I recently returned from a trip abroad, or had contact with someone who may have COVID-19. What should I do?

Contact Lander's Health Services at 864-388-8885 for guidance.