Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to know

3/9/2020


The viral outbreak of a new type of coronavirus known as 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is affecting countries around the world, including the United States. Marshall University and Marshall Health officials are continuing to closely monitor the public health situation related to COVID-19 as it develops.  

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If no soap is available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • 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 or the bend of your elbow. Then, throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like your cell phone. Use a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK

If you’re experiencing fever, cough and shortness of breath (difficulty breathing), call first before seeking medical care. Tell your health care professional about your symptoms and if you’ve recently been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. 

Your provider will offer specific instructions and work with the state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. By calling ahead, you will help us take proactive steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Additional guidance from the CDC includes:

  • Stay home, avoiding public areas and public transportation
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick

RESOURCES

Media Relations Contact

Michele McKnight, Community & Media Relations Coordinator
304-691-1713
mcknigh4@marshall.edu


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