Important Health Message from UNC Greensboro
As you are likely aware, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and continues to expand. The majority of confirmed cases are in China, however, there are confirmed cases in other countries, including the United States. There are no confirmed cases in North Carolina at this time.
We are actively monitoring information being provided by local, state, and federal health authorities.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include the common cold. Our understanding of this new strain of the virus will continue to improve over the coming weeks, but here are several important things to keep in mind. Currently:
- News coverage of the situation is very heavy, and continues to change. We suggest monitoring the CDC Novel Coronavirus Website for the most accurate information, but also be sure to pay attention to messages and updates from UNCG specific to our community.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) views the risk to the general US population as low.
- Concern is centered around individuals who have recently traveled to China.
- As such, the CDC and the State Department have recommended that all non-essential travel to China be avoided. For updated travel notices related to the outbreak, visit the CDC’s Travelers Health site.
- Many study abroad programs in China have been suspended.
This virus, like the flu, causes respiratory symptoms (e.g., congestion, coughing, fever).
We are currently in cold and flu season. The standard recommendations to stay healthy during cold and flu season apply to this virus as well:
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Frequently clean hands by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.
- Cover your cough/sneeze (with flexed elbow or tissue), and wash your hands immediately after.
- Immunize yourself against the flu if you have not already.
As always, and especially during flu season, if you begin to feel sick—particularly with fever, cough, or shortness of breath within 14 days of returning from China or other countries— contact Student Health Services at 336-334-3148 or your primary care provider.
UNCG campus updates will be available on the Student Health Services website Health Alert.