Corona Virus

This message was sent to the CUAA community from the Concordia University Ann Arbor Dean of Students Rev. John Rathje on January 28, 2020 at 3:11 p.m.

Campus Update on Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

We want to update the campus community on the novel coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. At present there are no cases or cause for concern in the campus community.

What is 2019 novel coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a new respiratory virus that can cause respiratory illness. Current symptoms reported have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. It is spread person-to-person by droplets in coughs and sneezes.

Where does it come from and who is affected?

This virus originates from Wuhan, China. Person-to-person spread in the U.S. has not yet been detected so the likelihood of someone in the U.S. getting sick with this virus is very low. Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in Wuhan or people who have traveled to this region.

Should I be concerned?

No. There are no cases on campus or in Michigan. All cases have originated from Wuhan. If you have not traveled there or have not been in contact with someone from this region then you should not be concerned.

How can I help protect myself?

This virus is not spreading in the U.S. right now, but the best way to prevent infection from any virus is to avoid being exposed. There are simple everyday preventive actions that can help:  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 soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer).

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Posted January 28, 2020 at 3:11 p.m.

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