Dear LU Students, Faculty and Staff:
You may be hearing and seeing various reports about the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak. While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a serious situation and is taking preparedness measures, the immediate health risk in the U.S. from the coronavirus is considered low at this time, based on what we know. The CDC still encourages everyone to know the symptoms of 2019-nCoV, especially if you’ve recently travelled to China.
These symptoms include:
- Shortness of Breath
The LU Student Health Center and Wellness Initiatives office are monitoring this evolving situation. For the most up-to-date information regarding this disease, please visit the CDC website.
The best preventative steps for any communicable disease include simple but important measures to practice as part of your daily routine, especially during flu season:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Get adequate sleep (7-8 hours each night). This helps maintain your immune system.
- Eat a healthy diet. This is also very important for maintaining immunity.
- Get your influenza vaccine. The flu is the most dangerous form of upper respiratory infections and your risk of getting the flu can be greatly reduced by getting your flu vaccine each year.
- Don’t eat or drink after others.
If you are a student who has recently been to Wuhan, China or who has possibly come in contact with an infected individual AND you exhibit any of the aforementioned symptoms, please contact LU Student Health at 434-338-7774.
Similarly, if you are a faculty or staff member with these symptoms and you have traveled to Wuhan or may have come in contact with an infected individual, you should seek medical assistance through your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, please also contact LU Student Health.
Should the situation worsen or become more critical, we will provide additional communication.
Dr. Keith A. Anderson
Student Health Center and Wellness Initiatives