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Novel Coronavirus Health Advisory

Posted March 10th, 2020 at 11:15am

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a newly identified virus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

The immediate health risk to the general US public is considered low at this time, although travel-associated cases and transmission among close contacts are expected, and a small number of suspected or confirmed “community transmission” have occurred.

Reported illnesses for COVID-19 have ranged from little to no symptoms to severe illness and death. People most seriously affected tend to be older adults and individuals with weakened immune systems.

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Important Information for Wesley College Students for COVID-19

The college continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. We are coordinating preparedness action plans with guidance from the Delaware Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Per phone conference call, the Delaware Department of Public Health has recommended all students exhibiting cold/cough/flu-like symptoms to CALL your health center at 302-736-2521. Please DO NOT come to the Wellness Center. Campus Nurse will perform a risk assessment, and the Wellness Center personal will advice you on what further steps are required.

Transmission of COVID-19

While COVID-2019 is believed to have originated from animals, 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).
  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and landing in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.

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.

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 with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms include:

  • Fever (may not always be present)
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Other early symptoms to look for include:

  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Runny nose

What Prevention Measures Should be Taken

Remember to take everyday preventive actions that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, carry a hand sanitizer that is alcohol-based with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t share food, beverages or smoking devices with others.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • If you experience symptoms of respiratory illness, call the Wellness Center at 302-736-2521.

If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have traveled to China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, or Japan, or were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days before you began to feel sick, seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

What You Should Not Do

  • Do not show prejudice to people from countries listed above due to fear of this new virus. Do not assume that someone of Asian, Italian, or Iranian descent is more likely to have COVID-19.
  • Do not travel to China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, or Japan.
  • If you experience symptoms of respiratory illness, call the Wellness Center at 302-736-2521.

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