As the 2019 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is increasing throughout the United States, many institutions for higher education have begun to cancel classes and opt to a virtual learning setting.
The first case within the United States was identified on January 21, 2020 and current cases are being reported on the CDC’s website.
We've developed a video to help you better understand coronavirus and about how it spreads, how to recognize symptoms, prevention and treatment tips, and what to do if you become sick with the virus. Watch it on Vector Cares.
In addition to our video, we've teamed up with LiveSafe to provide a free COVID-19 Safety Resources App, which includes our Coronavirus Awareness course, to any college or university that needs an effective means of communicating relevant information to their campus community during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Please note, this blog post is a static post and may not be updated daily. To get the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website.
What is COVID-19? And, How Does it Spread?
COVID-19 is a mild to severe respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The COV-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It has led to pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure, and even death. COVID-19 was first identified in China.
Although the risk is higher for people who are in close contact of someone known to have COVID-19, the virus is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. And, the virus can be spread by a person touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.
Protecting Yourself from COVID-19
The CDC is encouraging citizens to protect themselves by practicing daily preventative actions, such as:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (If you cannot wash your hands with soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.)
Additionally, the CDC is encouraging people to help play a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19 if they become ill through the following actions:
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
As of March 10, 2020, there is no current vaccine or specific antiviral treatment available. People who think they may be suffering from COVID-19, should seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.