COVID-19 Information and Prevention

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 is a viral respiratory illness first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China, with reported cases ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. The virus is thought to spread from person-to person through close contact and through germs spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

There is no vaccine for COVID-19 and the best way to prevent illness is to practice good hygiene:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces including, but not limited to: door handles, desks, armrests, keyboards, and personal space on public transportation
  • Get a flu vaccine

-Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

As a reminder, members of the University community should NOT come to campus if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms including, but not limited to, fever, cough or shortness of breath. Faculty, Staff and Students are to report these symptoms to Student Health Services by calling 305-899-3750 or emailing