Novel Coronavirus

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At this time, there are no known cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) among members of the University of Miami community, and we do not believe that there is any immediate risk to our campus.

Student Health Service and other University partners are proactively monitoring the situation and are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The University community will be notified if there is any immediate health threat.

In addition to monitoring University communications and travel alerts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), students traveling to areas affected by COVID-19 should contact the Student Health Service at prior to their return to campus.

Last Updated: February 28, 2020

What is a coronavirus?  

Coronaviruses typically affect the upper respiratory tract and can cause the common cold and pneumonia. In some cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus? 

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of: 

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure. 

How do I prevent coronavirus? 

Much is not yet known about the virus, including a definitive mode of transmission. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. At this time, this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help limit the spread of respiratory viruses, including: 

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you 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.

I’m sick. How do I know if it is coronavirus?  

Coronavirus symptoms and flu symptoms can be similar and we are currently in the middle of flu season. However, at this time the novel coronavirus is primarily related to the outbreak in China. To be at risk, symptom onset would have to be within 14 days of travel from an affected area OR within 14 days of close contact with a person who is under investigation for COVID-19 while that person was ill.   

I have recently returned from a trip to an affected area or have had contact with someone who may have COVID-19 and have respiratory symptoms. What should I do? 

Students who have symptoms as described above AND have traveled to an affected area—or who have had contact with someone known to be infected with the coronavirus (or who is currently being tested)—are encouraged to call the Student Health Service at 305-284-9100. Please call ahead before arriving at Student Health to let us know about your recent travel history and symptoms.

We also encourage you to follow these precautions:

  • Avoid contact with others as much as possible.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

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