About novel Coronavirus

The CDC reported an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV” or COVID-19), which was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and continues to spread. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and congestion, shortness of breath, and flu-like symptoms, such as fever.

Health professionals and the CDC offer the following recommendations to help individuals stay healthy:

  • 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; do not travel.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as countertops, phones, keyboards, laptops, doorknobs, and bathroom fixtures.
  • Immunize yourself against the flu if you have not already.

In addition, review the CDC guidance to institutions of higher education on prevention and testing.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Health organizations

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Mental health resources