Submitted for: Dr. Michael Deichen, Student Health Services
Subject: Coronavirus Update
We’re sharing a reminder to be aware of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
Outbreaks such as Coronavirus evolve quickly. Now is not the time to panic but rather to prioritize personal prevention and preparedness.
While no cases have been reported at UCF or in Florida, UCF has initiated communication, coordination and planning using updated guidance from our state and federal health partners. The immediate health risk to the general U.S. public continues to be low.
The outbreak initiated in Wuhan, China. The virus spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing. Flu-like symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure. Anyone who has traveled in the past 14 days and is experiencing symptoms should visit their healthcare provider immediately.
Protection and Prevention
Coronavirus symptoms are generally flu-like and include fever, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing.
Basic tips such as these are helpful in preventing the spread of any respiratory virus, including 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 U.S. Department of State issued a do not travel to China warning. As such, UCF Global added China to its restricted list for university-related travel.
Travel updates from the CDC are available here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china.
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 is being shared here: https://www.ucf.edu/safety/coronavirus/.