January 27, 2020
UCF is joining the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, for which cases have been confirmed in the U.S. following an outbreak in China.
While no cases have been reported at UCF or in Florida, we have initiated communication, coordination and planning using updated guidance from our state and federal health partners.
Coronavirus spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing. Flu-like symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure.
The immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time, but now is not the time to “tough it out” or “wait for it to pass.” If you experience symptoms or have concerns, visit your health care provider immediately.
Protection and Prevention
Coronavirus symptoms are generally flu-like and include fever, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing. The virus can be spread among people and animals.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the virus and no specific treatment.
These tips are helpful in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses such as Coronavirus:
- Wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze and clean up immediately.
- Avoid contact with those who are sick, and avoid others if you are sick.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
The CDC currently recommends avoiding nonessential travel to China’s Hubei Province, including Wuhan.
Travelers’ updates are available here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china.
UCF Global should be notified of all university-related travel. More information about travel registration is available here: https://global.ucf.edu/international-health-and-safety/travel-registration/.
The CDC is sharing comprehensive information about Coronavirus here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
At UCF, anyone with additional questions may call UCF Student Health Services at 407-823-2509. More information also will be shared here: studenthealth.ucf.edu/Coronavirus.
Outbreaks such as Coronavirus evolve quickly. UCF will share additional health updates as necessary, and we encourage all Knights to take their personal prevention and preparedness seriously.
Dr. Michael Deichen
Student Health Services