Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions


Will students who were in contact with an infected patient be notified?

Yes, if there is a positive case the general campus community would be notified. The CDC and DOH would also perform contact tracing in order to identify any campus individuals who would need to undergo screening or isolation.

As a student, if I think someone has the virus who should I contact?

We are in the midst of flu, cough and cold season. The symptoms of coronavirus mimic these infections. It is important not to panic and assume that anyone with an illness has the coronavirus. The CDC and DOH are actively monitoring potential cases and at this time there is no need to worry or contact anyone when you see a sick person.

What is the incubation Period?

The incubation period is anywhere from 2-14 days, with the average patient showing symptoms at 5 days.

How long does the virus last on surfaces?

At this time it is not known exactly how long the virus can survive on surfaces, but it is thought that is can survive for several hours. We suggest using antibacterial wipes in order to clean common surfaces prior to using them.

Can this be spread through bodily fluids?

Yes, avoid touching the bodily fluids of other people as you normally would.

Should I stay away from people who have gone to China?

No, the CDC and DOH are actively monitoring anyone in the U.S. who potentially are carrying the disease. No groups should be singled out and the virus is active in over 50 countries, not just in China.

What will be the steps taken if a resident student has a confirmed diagnosis.

The student would be treated and quarantined according to protocols established by the CDC. The campus community would be notified, and resident students should continue their normal schedules. If there was a residential student who needed further testing (roommate), the HWC and the DOH would be in contact with the student.

What type of testing is performed to determine coronavirus and who does the testing?

Previously only the CDC has had the capability to test for coronavirus. As of February 29th the New York State Department of Health also became capable of conducting tests. This will increase the speed at which medical providers receive results. Three samples are tested, a upper respiratory swab, lower respiratory swab and blood serum.

Should I wear a mask and will the HWC provide them.

No, the CDC, DOH, and WHO do not recommend for the general public to wear a mask. There is currently a shortage of medical supplies nationwide due to unnecessary usage and stockpiling of masks. The HWC will only provide masks to patients who have a medical indication to wear one during evaluation.

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