A few things you should know about COVID-19
Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world. Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. With this strain of the coronavirus, those most at risk for lower-respiratory tract illnesses such as pneumonia or bronchitis, are people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, chronic medical conditions, infants, and older adults.
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).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- 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.
Illness with this virus has ranged from mild to severe. Symptoms may include:
- runny nose
- sore throat
- a general feeling of being unwell
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to remain alert to new recommendations from the CDC, travel advisories or restrictions and cancellations.
Share Facts About COVID-19 from the CDC:
- Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
- People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear and misinformation by confronting this stigma. Let those around you know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
- The risk of getting COVID-19 in the U.S. is currently low.
- Some people who have traveled to places where many people have gotten sick with COVID-19 may be monitored by health officials to protect their health and the health of other people in the community.
- Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
- You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Seek medical advice if you:
- Develop symptoms AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
- Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.