Infection Not in Maryland, but Hand-Washing, Other Preventative Steps Encouraged
The coronavirus, a new virus for humans that was first identified in China, is a serious but not immediate health risk to the general American public, according to the CDC.
The following message was emailed to the university community on Friday:
Dear Campus Community:
Following our recent communication on Jan. 22, we are updating the university community on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and comprehensive steps the university is taking to keep our community safe, healthy and informed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the coronavirus a serious but not immediate health risk to the general American public. The coronavirus is a new virus for humans and was first identified in China. There are two confirmed cases in the United States in the states of Washington and Illinois, as of this morning. (Update: As of early Monday morning, the CDC had confirmed five U.S. cases.)
There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of Maryland or within the UMD community that have been reported to us by the state or Prince George’s County Health Departments. If this situation changes, we are committed to keeping the UMD community informed. For the latest updates on campus efforts and information, please visit https://health.umd.edu/coronavirus.
Information for People Who Have Recently Traveled to China
Information for People With Underlying Health Conditions or Who Take Medicines That Suppress Their Immune Systems
Information for Everyone
We recommend that everyone take preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, including:
To supplement individuals’ efforts to maintain hygiene that reduces transmission of viruses, the university is also taking extra steps to increase cleaning of high-touch surfaces and restrooms in university buildings, residence halls, fraternity and sorority housing, recreation facilities, the Stamp Student Union, and Shuttle-UM buses.
For the latest updates from the CDC, please click here.
Sacared Bodison, MD
Interim Director, University Health Center
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