Covid-19 General Information
For the most up to date virus information see the CDC site here.
What is Novel Coronavirus?
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Learn about 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.
What are the common symptoms?
Common signs of an COVID-19 infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
How is the virus spread?
As an airborne communicable disease, COVID-19 spreads in a similar way to flu.
What is the incubation period for COVID-19?
The incubation period — the time between exposure and symptoms — is typically five to seven days, although it could be as short as two days and as long as 14 days.
Where can I find the latest information on COVID-19 and its impact?
How can I best protect myself?
At this time, the campus community is encouraged to continue daily life as normal and to take the same precautions they would take to avoid any other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu. While there is no current vaccine to prevent this virus, anyone can take actions to help prevent the spread of the virus such as:
Washing hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then disposing of the tissue in the trash
Staying home if sick
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoiding close contact with people you know are sick
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
Do not eat or drink after anyone
Do not share cigarettes or e-cigarettes
If I suspect I’ve been exposed to or have symptoms of the virus, what should I do?
Call the University Health Center at 985-549-2242 or your primary medical provider. You should call prior to going to the medical office so medical personnel can get information on your illness and plan for your visit to their clinic or hospital.
Is there a vaccine?
No vaccine is currently available. Additionally, once a vaccine is developed, it may take up to 18 months of testing before it is available to the public. At this point, preventative measures are the best option.
What should I do if I become ill?
You should immediately seek medical attention. Students may visit the campus Student Health Center, their personal physicians or a walk-in medical clinic. It is recommended that you call ahead before visiting a health care facility so the office can take steps to protect others from exposure.
If you are sick with the flu or the COVID-19 virus, you should:
Isolate yourself from others. Stay at home except to get medical care. Do not go to school, work or visit public areas.
Separate yourself from pets. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people limit contact with animals until more is known about the virus.
Cover your coughs and sneezes.
Avoid sharing dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, towels or bedding with other people. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
Clean “high touch” surfaces – counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables – every day.