Coronavirus FAQ's

Disease Basics

Q: What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

A: The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Q: How does the virus spread?

A: This virus probably originated from an animal source but now seems to be spreading from person-to-person. It is important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. At this time, it is unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.

Q: Am I at risk for COVID-19 infection in the United States, or even at USA?

A: This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus website. Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 exposures or cases at USA. You will be updated if the situation changes.

Prevention

Q: How can I help protect myself?

A: The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.  

Q: What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

A: If you have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 infection please stay home and call the Student Health Center at (251)460-7151 for further instructions.

Medical Information

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

A: Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of: fever (>100.4 F/38.0 C), cough, shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Q: The symptoms of COVID-19 sound like a cold or flu, should I be tested?

A: If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from any countries that have a Level 3 travel health notice (currently China, South Korea, Italy, Iran) or Level 2 (Japan), you should call ahead to the Student Health Center and mention your recent travel. If you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from this area or is known to have or is under investigation for COVID-19, you should call the Student Health Center at (251) 460-7151 and mention your close contact and their recent travel. USA and the Student Health Center will work with our state and county public health departments and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested.

Q: I did not travel from a country listed as a Level 3 travel health notice (China, South Korea, Italy, Iran) or Level 2 (Japan) in the past 14 days, nor have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, but I have fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, do I need to be assessed or tested for it?

A: Please contact Student Health at (251) 460-7151 for further assistance.

Q: What if I recently traveled to China, South Korea, Italy, Japan or Iran and got sick?

A: If you were in any of these areas and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left, you should

  • Seek medical advice- Call ahead to the Student Health Center at (251) 460-7151 or to the Emergency room if after hours. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Q: What if I recently traveled to China, South Korea, Italy, Japan or Iran and have no symptoms?

A: You are advised to stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Health Notice Countries) and practice social distancing.

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough and trouble breathing.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to school or work for this 14-day period. 
  3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride shares ( JagTran) during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  4. Avoid crowded places (movie theaters and shopping centers) and limit your activities in public.
  5. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).