A Message Regarding the New Coronavirus

A Message Regarding the New Coronavirus

Mon Feb 3, 2020 at 02:32 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally including the United States.

At present, there are no cases at Brazosport College, but we want to update the community on this emerging global health concern.

There is much more to learn about how the 2019-nCoV virus spreads, severity of associated illness, and other features of the virus. Investigations are ongoing. While the CDC considers this is a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time.

There are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.  Guard against all communicable diseases with the following:

  • frequent handwashing;
  • covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue; and
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

These precautions will help reduce your risk of many respiratory infections, including influenza, which is widespread across the nation.

Seasonal influenza activity in the United States and in Texas continues to be an ongoing concern.  The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.  Flu shots are available through primary care physicians and local pharmacies.

If you have a fever, with or without respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), you are advised to stay home.  Anyone exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease is advised to remain out of class, away from work, and avoid others for the duration of the illness and for 24 hours after symptoms abate.