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About 2019 Novel Coronavirus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

Symptoms & Transmission

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the latest information on COVID-19 symptoms and how it spreads.

The CDC recommends that those who think they may have been exposed should contact their healthcare providers. The CDC recommends that people:

  • Keep track of their symptoms.
  • Seek emergency medical care immediately if they experience trouble breathing or other emergency warning signs.
  • If you are a student, call your primary care provider and contact the Dean of Students at
  • If you are an employee, contact your local health care provider and your supervisor.
  • Before you go to any clinic or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms.
  • If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and report your symptoms to the dispatcher.


The most effective prevention for COVID-19 is to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are unable to do so or choose not to do so, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure. You can visit the CDC website for detailed prevention information.

You are urged to follow these CDC guidelines to minimize your risk:

  • Get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon are you are eligible and able to do so.
  • If you are unable to become fully vaccinated, you should wear a face mask and avoid close contact with others.
  • Everyone should continue to cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and monitor their health daily.