CDC Recommendations Regarding Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time.

According to the CDC recommendations, if you have traveled to Wuhan and feel sick with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care immediately. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptomsStudent Health and Wellness can be reached at 312.567.7550 and Mercy Hospital’s Emergency Department can be reached at 312.567.2000.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • 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.