Health Concern: Novel Coronavirus
The UNC System and each of its institutions are monitoring an outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus that originated recently in Wuhan, China. The virus has spread to other countries, including the United States, prompting the declaration of a public health emergency. There are no reports of any coronavirus cases at any UNC System institutions or affiliates.
The UNC System is continuing to work with state, federal, and international health authorities to monitor ongoing developments, coordinate and share information, and provide further guidance.
Many study or research abroad activities have been affected at this time. Questions should be directed to your institution’s study abroad or academic research administration.
About Novel Coronavirus
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 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 that continues to expand. The majority of confirmed cases are in China. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include the common cold and cause respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and congestion, and flu-like symptoms, such as fever.
Recommendations to stay healthy include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- 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
- Immunize yourself against the flu if you have not already
RETURNING FROM INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
The United States government has declared a public health emergency in response to the coronavirus outbreak in China, ordering as much as a 14-day quarantine of citizens returning from the province at the center of the outbreak and denying entry to some foreign citizens displaying symptoms. In addition, flights to the U.S. from China are restricted, and US airlines have already significantly cut travel to and from the China.
Health Resources for Students and Parents from UNC System Institutions
Health Monitoring Organizations