Weekly Student Communication (TUG + SPS) | April 14, 2021

WPU Student community, 

We hope you enjoyed Student Showcase and had the opportunity to experience and learn about some of the amazing work your fellow Pacers are doing. It’s always a great day to be a Pacer.

Across North Carolina, anyone over the age of 16 is eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination: Find your Spot and Get Your COVID Shot is a campaign that is being promoted across the state. If you are interested in finding a location for scheduling your vaccination CLICK HERE

  • If you need a ride to your scheduled vaccination appointments, you can find the phone numbers to the location/s in your area HERE

Currently, NC is showing that 32.4% of the population has received at least one of the vaccine shots and 41.1% of this population are 18+. Link to latest vaccination dashboard HERE.

Let’s continue to do our part and wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands and consider scheduling your vaccination.

COVID Corner with Dr. Scott, WPU University Physician

Please note that the content in this section is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Q: How can you distinguish between allergy symptoms and COVID-19 infection?

A: The short answer is that you can’t – particularly in the college age population.  Although fever and a worsening cough would point us towards COVID-19, we haven’t seen many COVID-infected students having these dramatic symptoms.  Intense headaches and loss of taste and smell have been relatively frequent symptoms of COVID-19 amongst young adults. Many more infected students report some congestion and cough, some headaches and body aches, but nothing overly severe – in other words, largely indistinguishable from seasonal allergy symptoms.

So should you get tested if you start having your typical springtime allergy symptoms?  Yes, if they seem more severe than usual—definitely if you have loss of taste/smell—and absolutely if you have fever or have been in contact with an infected person within the last two weeks.  Don’t attend class or hang out with others if you think you’re at higher risk. Get yourself tested and notify the Wellness Center 919-508-2502, or email to  Please quarantine while awaiting your results. And please continue to wear your masks and follow CDC guidelines for prevention.

Ask the Expert: Submit your COVID related health questions to Dr. Scott and questions will be answered in future communications. SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS

We will continue to send out weekly emails to include updates and highlights of timely information to ensure a successful semester. These communications will continue to be added to

In Peace,

Office of Communications