The following was sent to campus on Jan. 24.
The Centers for Disease Control has reported an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and continues to expand. We are not aware of any confirmed cases on our campus at this time.
Carolina is a global university with students and researchers studying and working around the world. We are currently monitoring the situation.
There are now more than 800 confirmed cases globally with two confirmed cases being reported within the United States.
According to the CDC, symptoms of the virus include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. The illness can be more serious for individuals with a weakened immune system, the elderly, or those with underlying respiratory problems. It could result in bronchitis and pneumonia.
Carolina is not currently restricting travel to or from China or other international areas based on the illness. However, based on CDC guidance, the University encourages faculty, staff and students to avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China, until the situation stabilizes.
Anyone who has returned from China within the past 14 days and is sick with fever and a cough, or difficulty breathing, should seek medical care immediately and call ahead to the doctor’s office to inform them of recent travel and symptoms. Students with symptoms should call Campus Health at 919-966-6603 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or 919-966-6573 (Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.); faculty or staff can call the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic at 919-966-9119 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or your healthcare provider.
For further information about the coronavirus and current information on the situation, visit the CDC Novel Coronavirus Website. For updated travel notices related to the outbreak, visit the CDC’s Travelers Health site.