Posted March 06, 2020

COVID-19 Updates from the College

Prevention and Symptoms

This information comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

COVID-19 is believed to be spread person-to-person through respiratory droplets, like other diseases caused by the family of viruses known as coronaviruses. Recommended steps to minimize infection risk include:

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  • Avoid close contact (within six feet) 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 discard the tissue.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath may appear 2–14 days after exposure to COVID-19.

If you show symptoms, have traveled from an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider, who will work with guidance from public health officials to determine if you need to be tested.

The CDC recommends that facemasks be worn by those who have COVID-19 and show symptoms, in order to protect others from the risk of infection. The organization does not recommend wearing face makes as an effective means of protecting oneself from infection.