Information for the EWU Campus Community on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
There have been NO reported cases of 2019-nCoV on the Eastern Washington University campus and the risk for our community is considered low at this time.
What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
2019-nCoV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:
- It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
- Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.
What is your risk?
Cases within the United States are continuing to increase, with one confirmed case in western Washington; however, the CDC still considers risk to the US population as low. The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. The CDC, the Spokane Regional Health District, and other healthcare agencies are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.
The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the novel coronavirus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- 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.
Symptoms and transmission
Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
- Difficulty breathing
Recommendations for people with respiratory symptoms
If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the last 14 days you:
- Traveled to Wuhan, or
- Traveled to China, or
- Had close contact with someone who had traveled to an affected region in China
- Seek medical care right away through your student health services at Multicare Rockwood at 509-235-6151 or other local healthcare agency. Before you go to any clinic or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
Steps to help prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV if you are sick
If you are sick with 2019-nCoV follow the steps below to help prevent 2019-nCoV from spreading to people in your home and community.
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people in your home
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a facemask
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands
- Avoid sharing household items
- Monitor your symptoms
- Avoid contact with pets and other animals.