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February 28, 2020: Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a newly identified coronavirus causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. This coronavirus can cause mild illness - a simple cold or upper respiratory infection - to more severe cases that can result in life-threatening pneumonia. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Cases also have been identified in multiple other countries including the U.S.
- *Mainly - person-to-person (within about six feet)
- Possibly - touching an infected surfaces or objects and then touching your eyes, mouth or nose
*Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
For more information about how the virus can spread, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html
For many cases the symptoms of the virus show signs of respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. There have been documented cases which the infection has caused pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
According to the CDC symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure from (COVID-19)
There is no cure for this virus. You can prevent the spread of the infection by
- regularly wash hands with soap for 20 seconds
- using hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol
- avoiding touching your mouth, nose and eyes
- avoiding contact with people who are sick
- staying home when you are not feeling well
- covering your mouth when you sneeze and cough using a tissue then dispose of promptly in the trash, and
- cleaning all surface areas with a disinfectant frequently.
Individuals who have had recent travel within the last 14 days from affected regions and are experiencing symptoms or who have been in close contact with those who are ill and recently traveled to affected regions are advised to make an appointment to see a medical provider. Students, faculty, and staff should contact their regular health care provider. For other illnesses, stay at home to avoid spreading illness to other until you have been without a fever for 24 hours.
- Comply with medical directives
- If possible, establish and maintain communication with your instructor or supervisor to keep up with class assignments or work.