2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV)
As coronavirus infections grab headlines, the staff of the Student Health and Counseling Center wants to provide you with some helpful tips as we prepare for another semester at UW-Parkside.
The CDC recommends frequent hand washing to reduce the chance of spread. There are no known cases in the southeastern corner of Wisconsin, so the chances of contracting the disease are low. Public health officials advise that there is no need for people without symptoms to wear masks. Some healthy individuals may choose to wear a mask; this should not be a cause for concern. People are recommended to avoid unnecessary travel to China, especially to Wuhan, during this current outbreak.
Recent data from ILInet show that Wisconsin has a high level of influenza spread. It is not too late to get vaccinated. The Student Health and Counseling Center has some influenza vaccine available for a nominal fee ($15 for students and $30 for staff) or contact your local health care provider or pharmacy. Influenza B has been the most prominent influenza virus this season and is included in the vaccine.
Frequent hand washing with soap and water is the best means of protecting yourself from viruses that cause the common cold.
To reduce your risk of catching influenza, common cold, or even the coronavirus, we encourage everyone to:
· Wash hands often with soap and water
· Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick
· Stay home when sick
· Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and cough or sneeze into your elbow
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there travel warnings in place due to the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak?
The U.S. Department of State has raised China to a Level 4 Travel Warning. As a result, no travel to China is allowed for faculty, staff, and students engaged in university business. University guidelines restrict travel to countries designated as Levels 3 and 4.
What is Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
Coronaviruses are a virus group that can infect and spread between humans through close personal contact, coughing/sneezing, and touching surfaces with coronavirus on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Coronaviruses circulate regularly and cause cold and flu-like illnesses every year. These illnesses usually last for a short amount of time. Sometimes, new strains can become more widespread.
Is there a threat to campus?
There are no suspected or reported cases of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on the UW-Parkside campus.
What is the university doing?
In coordination with UW System, the UW-Parkside International Travel Committee is continuously monitoring the situation and taking steps as directed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local, state and regional public health officials.
What should I do?
As this virus presents much like influenza with coughing, sneezing and similar flu symptoms, messaging to students and employees will focus on preventive wellness efforts everyone can take to avoid this and other viruses. These include covering your cough, washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, etc. The university will communicate with the campus community directly if there is a need to take additional action. Influenza remains the most serious public health concern for members of the UW-Parkside community, which is why we continue to recommend preventive wellness efforts.
Students | If you do have influenza-like symptoms, contact the UW-Parkside Student Health and Counseling Center at 262-595-2366. Students are also encouraged to contact their primary care provider and share any recent travel history or possible exposure.
Employees | If you do have influenza-like symptoms, be sure to contact your primary care provider and be sure to share any recent travel history or possible exposure.
If a campus community member becomes infected, what will happen?
If a case is reported, the university will take immediate steps to properly respond to any health and safety risk to the campus community. If it becomes necessary to implement any action, the university will follow all recommendations from the CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
If someone calls and reports recent travel or known exposure and symptoms/illness, what protocol/advice is provided?
If a campus community member is, or becomes, symptomatic and has recently traveled through a major transportation hub, they should contact their primary care provider.
What information can or will the university share regarding any students or employees who have recently traveled to or from Wuhan, China?
The university will not release any names or residential information regarding any student or employee in order to comply with state or federal privacy laws.
Will classes be held as scheduled?
Yes. Classes will be held as planned. There is no immediate plan to cancel classes or any other university event or activity. All students are expected to attend scheduled classes.
What if a student is concerned about attending class?
If you have concerns and would like to discuss alternatives to attending class or completing academic work in the immediate future, please reach out to your faculty member or the Department Chair.
If a faculty member has questions or concerns regarding coming to work, what should they do?
Contact their respective dean’s office. All faculty and staff are expected to come to work as scheduled.
Where do I look for additional information?
For information about the Coronavirus, please visit the CDC website at cdc.gov.
Who else can I speak with about this?
If I feel as though I am being treated unfairly, discriminated against, or harassed due to concerns around this issue, what should I do?
You may file a report with the UW-Parkside Campus Care Team.
What do I do if a member of the media calls?
Media inquiries can be directed to the Public Information Office at 262-595-3226.
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