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COVID-19 Health Memo

Virginia Union University is actively monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus respiratory illness. The university will provide updates as needed via email, social media, and the VUU website. If you are traveling during the upcoming spring break, please note that the U.S. State Department has placed a Level 4 Advisory (Do Not Travel) on travel to China. Moreover, personal travel to any country with a “Do Not Travel” warning based on the novel coronavirus is discouraged.

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Virginia Department of Health 

CDC Fact Sheet U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories 

World Health Organization 

Prevention

There are simple everyday preventive actions you can take to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses including novel coronavirus:

  • 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. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available

FAQS About COVID-19

Q. WHAT IS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS

A. A newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronavirus is common throughout the world and usually causes mild to moderate illness in people.

Q. WHY IS THIS NEW VIRUS A PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN?

A. It is newly identified and has caused severe illness, and so much is still unknown about it.

Q. WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

A. The health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time, according to the CDC. The CDC and the World Organization (WHO) are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

Q. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

A. The symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to severe, and include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Q. WHAT IS THE MODE OF TRANSMISSION?

A. Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it is unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

IF YOU ARE SICK OR EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS

  • Stay home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Students should seek care if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever higher than 100.3, cough, body aches, severe sore throat running nose), especially if symptoms worsen. Contact Henderson Health Services Clinic at 804-780-0840 or cahealthnet. org/#Henderson and identify yourself as having flu-like symptoms.