About the Coronavirus
The University is closely monitoring the coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in dozens of locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). There is no vaccine or treatment available for this or other coronaviruses.
The new Coronavirus causes a respiratory illness. Symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, runny nose, headache, and sore throat. In severe cases, the virus can cause pneumonia.
Updated Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Patients who meet the criteria below should be evaluated as a Patient Under investigation (PUI):
- Fever and signs of lower respiratory illness (cough and shortness of breath) and any person (including healthcare workers) who has had close contact with a confirmed 2019-nCoV patient in the last 14 days,
- Fever and signs of lower respiratory illness (cough and shortness of breath) and any person with a history of travel from Hubei Province in the last 14 days (not just Wuhan City),
- Fever and signs of lower respiratory illness (cough and shortness of breath) requiring hospitalization and a history of travel from mainland China within 14 days of onset.
Any student experiencing symptoms (which may be similar to the flu or common cold, and may include fever and coughing) should call (rather than visit) University Health Services (UHS) immediately:
- Lincoln Center: (212) 636-7160
- Rose Hill: (718) 817-4160
After business hours, contact the Department of Public Safety at (718) 817-2222. Someone will be available to take your call at this number 24/7.
Prevention is very important. Here are ways to stay healthy:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
- Increase your fluid intake
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, face
- Keep home/personal spaces clean, disinfect common surfaces
- Avoid contact with sick people
- Cover your cough with tissue/paper towel or the crook of your elbow
- If you have not received an Influenza (Flu) vaccine this year, do get one as soon as possible
- If you are sick, please stay home and contact your medical provider.
There is a great deal of inaccurate (and sometimes biased) information circulating in the news media and on social media. The best sources for current information on the outbreak are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York City Department of Health, and your state department of health.
If you have Fordham-specific questions please see the full contact list.