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COVID-19

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)? 

COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes a flu-like illness. Like the flu virus, it is thought to be spread person-to-person by close contact (within 6 feet) and by coughing or sneezing. Other possible routes of transmission, such as touching surfaces contaminated by the virus, are also being investigated.
Like the flu, COVID-19 can cause illness that ranges from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing.
Information Source: Mississippi Department of Health (2020). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Retrieved from https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html 

What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

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Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. 

Information Source: Center for Disease Control (2020). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#basics

Preparedness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website at https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/

Information Source: Center for Disease Control (2020). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Prevention and Treatment. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

       

Personal Preparedness

Please remember the things you can do to maximize personal preparedness and prevention:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • Stay home if you are sick, and don’t return until you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication
  • Get your flu shot

Information Source: Center for Disease Control (2020). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Prevention and Treatment. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

Staying Healthy

Due to being in the peak season for flu and other viruses, all students, faculty, and staff who have an illness accompanied by fever—regardless of their travels—are asked to refrain from going to classes, labs, dining halls, offices, and other places where they could spread illness among others. To limit spread, we ask that a person has a normal temperature for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before resuming a regular schedule.

Other advice to avoid the spread of viruses includes:

  • Get a seasonal flu vaccination, even if you are not required to do so
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water (washing for a full minute) or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Hand washing is crucial, particularly before eating or any activity that involves touching your face
  • Cough into your sleeve (the crook of your elbow) or a tissue, not into your hands
  • Stay home if you have a fever until you are fever-free for 24 hours without any medication


Information Source: John Hopkins University (2020). Coronavirus update. Retrieved from https://hub.jhu.edu/

Helpful Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

World Health Organization- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Mississippi State Department of Health - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html