We are in the middle of the seasonal onset of influenza-like illnesses, and as you may have seen in the news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This novel coronavirus is a respiratory tract illness that presents flu-like symptoms. It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and has spread to several countries, including five cases in the US.
This could potentially be a serious and highly contagious illness; therefore, in an effort to educate our community, we are sharing important information about this virus and what to do if you suspect that you fit the following criteria and are experiencing symptoms:
Fever AND symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, chest pain, shortness of breath) and in the last 14 days before symptom onset had:
- A history of travel from or through the Wuhan City, China, hub, or mainland China.
- Close contact with a person who is under investigation for 2019-nCOV while that person was ill.
Fever OR symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, chest pain, shortness of breath) and in the last 14 days before symptom onset:
- Had close contact with an ill laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV patient.
If you are experiencing any symptoms, please seek medical attention right away. Call your healthcare provider first to alert them of your recent travel history and/or symptoms. If you’re a student, you can make an appointment at Student Health; just call ahead at 631-632-6740 so they’re ready for you.
While the CDC considers this a serious public health condition, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading in the United States. Based on current information, the risk to New York residents is considered low.
For the latest updates on 2019-nCoV, visit the CDC website.
For further information, including how to prevent spread of the disease, travel guidance and what to do if you think you might be infected, please visit: