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CC COVID-19 Information
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A new respiratory virus called coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. It is part of a larger family of viruses called coronaviruses, some of which are in circulation normally and that cause illnesses like the common cold. It was initially given the name 2019 Novel Coronavirus, and in most published references, is called simply “coronavirus.”
This coronavirus, which has the scientific name SARS-CoV-2, may result in the respiratory disease that has been named COVID-19. In other words, SARS-CoV-2 is the virus; COVID-19 is the disease. In COVID-19, “CO” stands for corona, “VI” for virus, and ”D” for disease.
This Novel Coronavirus is not the same strain of coronavirus as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. Cases of reinfection with COVID-19 have been reported but are rare. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.
How easily a virus spreads from person to person can vary. The virus that causes COVID-19 appears to spread more efficiently than influenza but not as efficiently as measles, which is among the most contagious viruses known to affect people.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You can take steps to slow the spread.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
Students, staff and faculty who are ill—no matter what the cause—are strongly encouraged to stay home and to communicate by telephone/videophone or email to relevant parties (professors, supervisors, etc.) to let them know they are sick. If you live on the Gallaudet University campus and you are feeling ill, call the Student Health Service at (202) 651-5090 or email Contact here for further direction.
Students who have paid the health center fee and who feel ill may visit the Student Health Service. DO NOT WALK IN; it is imperative that you call the Student Health Service at 202-651-5090 or email Contact here for further direction. This is for your own protection, the protection of other patients, and the protection of SHS staff.
Staff and faculty who feel ill should see their health care provider. It is important to contact your health care provider before going in, for your own protection, the protection of other patients, and the protection of your health care providers.
Clerc Center COVID-19 Information
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