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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 your Student Coach.
  • If you are an employee, contact your local health care provider and your manager.
  • 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 avoid exposure. You can visit the CDC “What You Should Do” Website for detailed information.

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

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact. If possible, maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms and take your temperature if symptoms develop.