- What is COVID-19 or Coronavirus?
COVID-19, also referred to as the Coronavirus Disease 2019, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
- Are there any known cases of COVID-19 within the Rose State College community?
There have been two known cases of COVID-19 in the campus community. These situations have been isolated and away from the campus population.
- What are the modes of transmission and spread?
The disease is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This can occur between people who are in close contact with one another (within six feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouth, nose, or eyes of people are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It is also possible for COVID-19 to spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the primary way that the virus spreads.
- Is there a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19?
COVID-19 does not currently have a treatment or vaccine. Guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recommends staying home except to receive medical care. When making appointments to receive medical care, please call ahead before visiting your doctor as this will assist your healthcare provider take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
- What should I do if I exhibit symptoms?
If you are exhibiting symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please stay home, do not go to school/work, and be sure to call your healthcare professional. Further guidance can be located at the CDC’s “What to Do If You Are Sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” webpage.