Coronavirus Information and Update
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
On February 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted Americans to begin to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, saying it is not clear when it will arrive or how severe an outbreak could become.
St. Andrews has been monitoring guidance on the coronavirus from the CDC. Right now there are no confirmed cases of the virus in North Carolina or on the St. Andrews campus. However, as we prepare for spring break, it is important that you stay informed about the spread of the coronavirus. St. Andrews strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to be prudent in their travel choices. As areas respond to outbreaks, travel limitations, bans and quarantines may be put into effect. Please consider both your departure and your return when traveling to areas currently under watch for coronavirus.
According to the CDC, illness with this virus has ranged from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms of infection include runny nose, headache, fever, cough, sore throat, and difficulty breathing. Risk factors for severe illness are not yet clear, although older adults and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness. More information about the virus is available from the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.
As with any other virus we ask that all students, faculty and staff practice standard precautions to prevent the spread of disease. CDC guidelines for prevention and treatment are similar to the recommendations to prevent the spread of the flu or any virus:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
University officials will continue to monitor the situation and update the St. Andrews community as necessary.