Health Alerts

Coronavirus

Health officials are investigating an outbreak of a new virus in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

At present, there are more than 70,000 confirmed cases and over 1,800 deaths in China attributed to the virus, in addition to exported cases around the world.  A total of 15 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the the United States, among them an individual in Phoenix, AZ.  Most of the U.S. cases are individuals who recently traveled to Wuhan, China.

Travel Update: Effective immediately, all academic and business travel to China is suspended for University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students, and will not be authorized until further notice, due to current outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

What can people do to protect themselves and others?

    Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

    If you feel sick:

    • Stay home. Except for seeking medical care, avoid contact with others and do not travel.
    • If you have recently traveled to China or other affected areas and feel sick, call the Pima County Health Department 24/7 line at (520) 724-7797
    • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

    Guidance for Persons Potentially Exposed to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
    2019 新型冠状病毒潜在接触者指南

    Travelers should:

    • Avoid all nonessential travel to Hubei province and Wuhan, China, according to the CDC.
    • Avoid all connecting flights in China
    • Research country-specific travel recommendations prior to international travel
    • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

    More information and advice for travelers can be found through the CDC.

    Protect yourself:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Currently there is no vaccine for 2019-nCoV. The best way to prevent infection is to practice the above prevention practices and avoid being exposed.

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