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Coronavirus: Home

This guide lists information about the virus and campus health resources

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Coronavirus Facts and Symptoms

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The current strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans (World Health Organization).

What are the Symptoms?

Covid19 Flu and Cold Comparison Chart from Business Insider


What are the Risks?


The complete clinical picture with regard to the coronavirus is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness (Center for Disease Control).

Health professionals across the country are urging the public to avoid crowded events, avoid traveling to areas with high confirmed cases of the virus, and to frequently wash your hands when encountering the public. This is an ongoing issue with new information being provided daily. Please look through the rest of this guide for more information and tips on prevention. 

COVID-19 Map

Map of the cases of COVID-19 around the world

This is a screenshot of the interactive map of Global Cases of COVID-19 by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. Click on the image to see the live map. 


Local Resources

Hand Washing Tips

Poster that states, "Protect others from getting sick. When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue. Throw tissue into closed bin immediately after use. Clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water after coughing or sneezing and when caring for the sick"

Poster that states, "Protect yourself and others from getting sick. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, when caring for the sick, before, during, and after you prepare food. before eating, after toilet use, when hands are visibly dirty, and after handling animals or animal waste."

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