Coronavirus Advisory: FAMU Suspends All University-Related Travel to China
The outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China, has spread to at least 18 other countries, including the United States. As of Friday, January 31, 2020, there are no confirmed cases in Florida.
The U.S. Department of State has placed a Level 4 Advisory (Do Not Travel) on travel to China.
Florida A&M University (FAMU) has suspended all University-related travel to China for students, faculty, administration, and staff, effective immediately. There are no FAMU students or faculty currently studying or teaching in China and no reported cases at FAMU. The University will continue to monitor this outbreak and provide updates to the campus community as needed.
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Frequently asked questions
What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
2019-nCoV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people.
Why is this new virus a public health concern?
- It is newly identified, has caused severe illness, and so much is still unknown about it.
- Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.
What is the risk?
The immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time, according to the CDC. The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
What is the mode of transmission?
Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.
What treatment is available?
People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection.
Can people be inoculated to prevent this illness?
There is no vaccine to prevent this virus. The CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
What are the recommendations for people who have been to China since the outbreak or suspect contact with someone with illness and have respiratory symptoms suspected to be novel Coronavirus?
- Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Do not travel while sick. Please do not get on public transportation or just arrive at the student clinic. Call ahead to Student Health Services at 850-599-3777 or to a community medical provider. During weekend or evening hours you should call ahead to the walk-in clinic, hospital or emergency room where you plan to seek care.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Students should seek care if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever greater than 100.3, cough, body aches, severe sore throat, runny nose), especially if symptoms worsen. Contact Student Health Services at 850-599-3777 and identify yourself as having flu-like symptoms.
- Faculty and staff who are ill with flu-like symptoms should contact their personal physician and follow their instructions.
For More Information:
CDC Fact Sheet: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
U.S Department of State Travel Advisories: China Travel Advisory
World Health Organization Situation Reports: Novel Coronavirus