If you have symptoms

"The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 2% of people with the disease have died. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention." (WHO)

Actions you can take when you have symptoms, 

Do not go to school or work, avoid outdoor activities, rest at home, and monitor the symptoms for 3 to 4 days.

If at any time during this period your fever or other symptoms worsen or if they do not resolve by the end of this period, consult with a medical professional by calling the KCDC Hotline at 1339 (press 4 for English service).

If you need GMUK staff's assistance, please contact at 5119 (student), 5030 (faculty), 5555 (staff). International members of our community may want to reach out to staff as well as contacting the KCDC, so that a Korean-speaker can assist with any logistics.

When you call at 1339, 

A healthcare provider will ask your travel history/contact history/symptoms and decide whether you should be tested.

Once decided, a healthcare provider will arrange your test date, time and designated health center location.

Use a personal vehicle and wear a facemask when visiting a health facility. If you need an ambulance, please call 119.

When you go to a designated healthcare center,

Provide your personal information. A healthcare center may ask for more detailed information of your travel history and contact history with persons with respiratory symptoms.

The doctor collects clinical specimen for the diagnostic test. 

Self-quarantined at your home until you receive the test result from the first designated public health center. Usually, it takes up to 2 days to come out the result.

When test result is found as a confirmed case, the first designated public health center will be in contact with you with the further process and all related costs will be supported by the Korean government.

When found negative, you may need to pay for the test. It costs approximately 160,000KRW.


(1) If you were recommended to take the test by the doctors;

(2) If you have visited China; or

(3) If you have had close contact with any confirmed patient.