Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update

Mon Mar 2, 2020 at 03:37 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in China and which has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including 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”).

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 COVID-19 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 COVID-19 to the general American public is considered low at this time.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Center for Disease Control always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including:

  • Frequent handwashing (If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.)
  • Covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

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 contact their healthcare provider and remain out of class, away from work, and avoid others for the duration of the illness and for 24 hours after symptoms abate.