How is COVID-19 spread?
There is still much to learn about how this novel coronavirus is spread. It is thought to spread between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected coughs or sneezes.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It is important to remember that these symptoms are common in many illnesses.
Are there any preventative products?
At this time there are no vaccines, cures, or preventative products for COVID-19.
Should I be wearing a face mask?
Face masks are NOT recommended to protect yourself from COVID-19. Here’s why:
Most face masks are not adequate protection against a respiratory virus.
Most individuals do not know how to properly use a face mask in order to protect themselves from disease.
Using a face mask will only give you a false sense of security and make it easy to forget other, more effective forms of disease prevention like social distancing and hand washing.
Face masks ARE recommended if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or another respiratory illness, in order prevent the spread of disease to others. Face masks are also crucial for healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19.
What does isolation mean? What does quarantine mean?
Isolation and quarantine are both used to protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or who may be sick.
“Isolation” refers to separating a sick person from others.
“Quarantine” refers to separating people who are not sick, but may have been exposed to an illness, from others.
You can read more about the distinction between these terms here.
What about international students?
Nationality is not a risk factor for COVID-19. An individual is only considered at risk for this illness if they or a very close contact have recently traveled to an area impacted by COVID-19, regardless of race.
For more Frequently Asked Questions, click the link to CDC below