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This message was sent to the Concordia community on January 27, 2020.

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 the 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?

The virus originates from Wuhan, China, Person-to-person spread in the U.S. has not been detected so the likelihood of someone in the U.S. getting sick with the 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 Wisconsin. 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?

The 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 sanitizer.)

If you are interested in additional, up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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