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Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Oklahoma State University health officials are closely monitoring an outbreak of a new coronavirus that causes pneumonia. The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is believed to have originated in a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. 

Officials are actively screening travelers from the Wuhan area for signs of illness at the following airports: San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL) and Chicago (ORD). 

The CDC confirmed that some limited person-to-person spread of the virus is occurring in Asia, but “CDC continues to believe the risks of 2019-nCoV to the America public at large remains low at this time.” 

In an abundance of caution, we encourage all members of the campus community to follow basic steps to prevent the spread of illness: 

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Seek medical assistance as soon as you can if you become symptomatic during or after traveling

If you return from travel in China or another Asian country and develop respiratory symptoms such as a cough, fever or shortness of breath, contact University Health Services, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1202 W. Farm Road, or Stillwater Medical Center, 1323 W 6th Ave, outside of those hours. 

Resources: 

  • The Centers for Disease Control has created a website to provide current information about the 2019 Coronavirus
  • Johns Hopkins University has created a map to monitor the spread of the virus: 

Do you have specific medical questions about your health and the coronavirus? Call University Health Services at 405-744-7665.

Coronavirus Fact Sheet (provided by Oklahoma State Department of Health)