COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is a flu-like illness caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. The best current medical knowledge indicates that around 80–85% of those affected experience only mild illness, with cough and fever. Around 14% (generally older individuals or those with underlying medical issues) can suffer from more severe symptoms. Fewer still, about 5%, can become critically ill. 

While the chance of becoming gravely ill remains relatively low, effects of this outbreak have already touched the lives of many in our Boston University community, either personally or through those they love. And the threat of this illness can generate very real anxiety with its own set of symptoms. That’s why, on this site, we’re providing information from trusted experts and resources and contacts to help students, faculty, and staff continue to be safe, comfortable, and productive.

For health-related questions, Boston University has set up a COVID-19 hotline for students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars; please call 617-358-4990, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.