To the Campus Community:
We write to provide information about the coronavirus infection that has been in the news. This is a new form of virus from the class of coronavirus. It appears to spread from person to person, like the influenza virus. If a person has a fever, cough, shortness of breath, AND has been to Wuhan China in the past 14 days, they need to let us know and we will work with the local and state health departments to evaluate and treat as appropriate. Treatment is symptomatic only, sleep, fluids and cough medicine if needed. Prevention is the same with other viruses as below.
We currently do not have anyone on campus or in Kalamazoo that we are aware of that is carrying the virus. We are in close contact with local and state health officials and pay close attention to the updates and recommendations from the CDC.
Anyone in our campus community with friends or relatives in the affected areas are welcomed and encouraged to seek the support they need from the counseling and health centers.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Right now, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- 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.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.