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There are seven known coronaviruses that affect humans. They’re named coronavirus because of the crown-like spikes on their surface. The first was identified in the 1960s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Patients currently being treated for novel coronavirus report mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Symptoms may appear as soon as two days after exposure or as long as 14 days after exposure, according to the CDC.
You can limit your likelihood of contracting the coronavirus with the same methods you would use to avoid the flu.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often. Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue into the trash.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces.
The novel coronavirus is believed to have originated in a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It now seems to be spreading from person-to-person, in much the same way as the flu or other respiratory illnesses spread, via respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs or sneezes. The CDC believes it is spread between people who are in close contact.
If you have recently returned from Wuhan, China and develop a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath within 14 days of returning, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has recently traveled from China, call ahead to a healthcare professional. Your healthcare professional will work with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested.
- Seek medical care. Before going to a doctor’s office or to an emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel.
- Except for medical care, stay home. Avoid contact with others.
- Wear a mask if you need to leave your home when sick.
- OSU has suspended all university-sponsored travel to China.
- If anyone is considering hosting visitors from China on any OSU campus, he or she should contact their vice president or college dean as well as University Health Services (UHS) prior to the visitor’s arrival.
- Any faculty, staff and students traveling from China should contact University Health Services prior to arriving on campus to schedule a medical screening.
- University Health Services is screening all patients who come to the clinic with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
- Masks are available at the front desk of UHS and anyone with respiratory symptoms is required to wear one.
- An isolation room is available at UHS for patients with concerning symptoms.
University Health Services is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at 1202 W. Farm Road, Stillwater, OK 74078. You may call the clinic at 405-744-7665 if you have questions or concerns. If you need medical attention outside of those hours, go to Stillwater Medical Center located at 1323 W 6th Ave, Stillwater, OK 74074.
For more specific information about the novel coronavirus and the response by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stop by the CDC’s website.