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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

In order to streamline CHHS correspondence and complement university-level communications distributed by the Office of University Relations, this resource page will be updated regularly with the most up-to-date information.

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What You Should Know about Coronavirus

  • How COVID-19 Spreads

    Preson-to-person spread

    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.

    These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

    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.

    Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects.

    It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

    How easily the virus spreads.

    How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

    The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

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  • Symptoms

    Watch for symptoms

    Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
    The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    *This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses

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  • Prevention

    There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
      • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
      • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty

    For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing Website

    For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Setting

    These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers

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  • What to Do If You Are Sick With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

    Follow the CDC’s guidelines to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

    • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
    • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
    • Wear a facemask
    • Cover your coughs and sneeze
    • Clean your hands often
    • Avoid sharing personal household items
    • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
    • Monitor your symptoms
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  • Stigma and Resilience

    Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things. For example, stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease. Stigma can also occur after a person has been released from COVID-19 quarantine even though they are not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others.

    Some groups of people who may be experiencing stigma because of COVID-19 include:

    • Persons of Asian descent
    • People who have traveled
    • Emergency responders or healthcare professionals

    Stigma hurts everyone by creating fear or anger towards other people. Stigmatized groups may be subjected to:

    • Social avoidance or rejection
    • Denials of healthcare, education, housing or employment
    • Physical violence

    Stigma affects the emotional or mental health of stigmatized groups and the communities they live in. Stopping stigma is important to making communities and community members resilient. Everyone can help stop stigma related to COVID-19 by knowing the facts and sharing them with others in your community.

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