There have not been any confirmed cases of coronavirus on our campus or in Pennsylvania. Out of an abundance of caution, we are sending this preliminary information to raise awareness and inform the University community.
Health officials worldwide are monitoring an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that originated recently in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of other 16 international locations, including the United States in which there are 5 confirmed cases. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.
About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Health officials have connected the virus to a market in Wuhan that had seafood, birds, and live animals. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring, most likely between close contacts. It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person-to-person. It’s important to know this in order to better understand the risk associated with this virus. Officials are working to understand implications of possible transmission from infected but asymptomatic persons.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Currently there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, as a reminder, CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
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.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Get a flu vaccine.
There is still one flu shot clinic left on Tuesday, February 4th in the Fireplace lounge from 12-1:30pm. Please bring your insurance card and student ID.
At Student Health Services, we are taking precautions to identify cases as early as possible should they occur among members of the University community in coordination with local and state health departments as per our standard practice.
If you become sick with respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever) within 14 days of returning from travel to China or other Asian countries, you should contact SHS.
If you have specific medical questions about coronavirus and your health, you can contact Student Health Services at 215-572-2966 or email@example.com.
Individuals traveling internationally should be aware of the CDC’s specific guidance for travelers. University-sponsored travelers should consult with Dan Devery, Travel Health and Safety Manager, if they are planning travel to China: firstname.lastname@example.org.