Coronavirus Important Updates

Message from Health Services

February 26, 2020

As you prepare to travel during spring break, Health Services is sending this reminder in light of the coronavirus epidemic.  There are 57 reported cases in the U.S., 55 of whom traveled outside of the U.S.  The coronavirus is not believed to currently be spreading in the United States but, the C.D.C. has indicated that future outbreaks in the U.S. are likely given the number of cases around the world.

WHO and CDC recommend following the standard precautions for avoiding respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren't clean.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding and other household items if you're sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch.
  • Stay home from work, school and public areas if you're sick.

WHO also recommends that you:

  • Contact your doctor if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and tell him or her about any recent travels.
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat or animal organs.
  • Avoid contact with live animals and surfaces they may have touched if you're visiting live markets in areas that have recently had new coronavirus cases.

Have an enjoyable and safe spring break!