COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is impacting the globe in ways we haven’t seen in recent memory. We understand that you have concerns and questions and we want to help create clear lines of communication. The well-being of our students, staff and campus communities is our top priority and we hope the below will help answer many of the questions you have. We’re constantly monitoring recommendations from the CDC and local governments, so please check back frequently.
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. (CDC, NCOV Factsheet)
How does COVID-19 Spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person – between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through 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.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. (CDC, Coronoavirus 2019 FAQ)
How to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases
Although the immediate risk of COVID-19 is believed to be low at this time, CCHHS recommends that everyone take actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses including the flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home when you are sick
- Get a seasonal flu shot
- Wash hands frequently
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
As of March 6, 2020, the CDC states that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of Breath/difficulty breathing
What if I develop flu-like symptoms?
Flu symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you develop symptoms consistent with the flu or are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19:
- Students: Stay home and avoid attending classes or other public venues. Notify your faculty about your absence (just as you normally would do for a common cold or flu) and request what options there are for you to complete course work and/or turn in assignments remotely.
- Faculty and Staff: Stay home and avoid campus or other public venues. Please contact your immediate supervisor to make appropriate arrangements that may include, but are not limited to, working from home and/or identifying a substitute to cover classroom needs, etc.