Covid-19, What to do in case you have symptoms ?

The Université Grenoble Alpes is making every effort to ensure both the safety of all and optimal welcome, study and work conditions. You will find here information about what to do if you have symptoms.

If you have Covid-19 like symptoms* or have been in contact with someone with confirmed Covid-19

  • Wear a face mask, wash hands often, avoid close contact (stay at least 1m away from others),
  • Inform your school / faculty / HR department:
    • ENSAG: your Admissions Office (“service de scolarité”)
    • Grenoble INP: the Admission Office (“service de scolarité”) of your school
    • Sciences Po. Grenoble:
    • Other departments (UGA): fill the form available on the student intranet (LEO), or send an email to if you do not have access to ‘LEO’ yet.
    • Your Human Resources Department if you are employed
  • Stay home for 7 days, after the first symptoms appeared or after your last contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19
  • Get tested for Covid-19 infection as soon as possible, or 7 days after your last contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 if you not live under the same roof. No prescription is needed, and you can get tested even if you do not have a health insurance certificate yet. The test can be made in a laboratory or at the CHUGA testing center (see details below).
  • If you think your situation requires medical evaluation, please call your referent doctor.
    • In Grenoble – UGA students and PhD students can call the students health center, dialing, Monday to Friday, 8am till 12pm (except Tuesdays, 10am till 12pm). You can also contact the ‘Pôle de Santé Interprofessionnel du Sud-Est Grenoblois’ dialing or by email
    • In Valence – UGA students or PhD students can call the Centre Santé Jeunes, by dialing
  • If you have trouble breathing or feel out of breath, call the emergency service: dial 15 (114 for deaf and hard of hearing).
  • Once you get the results, follow the instructions given by the testing center, and inform your school / faculty / HR department of the results.

*Among the symptoms: fever, cough, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, headaches, sore throats, sometimes diarrhea...

Testing for Covid-19

Screening tests

In order to know whether you have the Covid-19, you must do one of the following tests:
  • A virological test ("RT-PCR"): result usually available within 24 to 48 hours.
  • An antigenic test (or "TROD", for "Test Rapide d'Orientation Diagnostique", rapid diagnostic orientation test): quick result, within 30 minutes.

You do not need a medical prescription to perform these tests.
Good to know
Serological tests, done through a blood test, are not screening tests. They aim at detecting the presence of antibodies to know if you have been in contact with the virus. These are carried out on medical prescription.

The different options and places for getting tested

You can get tested in a dedicated center, a laboratory, a pharmacy or by a health professional.
  • At a laboratory: before going there, contact the laboratory to check whether an appointment is necessary.
  • At a pharmacy: mainly for antigenic tests, which allow a quick result, within 15 to 30 minutes after.
  • By a health professional: doctors or nurses can carry out the tests, either in their office or at your home.
  • At the airport: check with the airport beforehand to find out about the testing procedures.
Published on July 9, 2021