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What is COVID-19

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. According to the CDC, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

At least 60 countries have confirmed cases of COVID-19, including the United States. On Jan. 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern".

Signs and Symptons of COVID-19

According to the CDC, reported illnesses range from mild symptoms to severe illness and, in some cases, death. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The CDC believes the symptoms of the coronavirus may appear anywhere between two days and 14 days after exposure. If you have these symptoms and have either traveled to an area with a high concentration of COVID-19 cases or believe you’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, please seek medical attention. Click here for more information on what to do if you believe you’ve contracted COVID-19.

Students with concerns should immediately contact the Worth Health and Wellness Center at 610-328-8058 during regular business hours or the after-hours on-call nurse at 610-328-8548. Members of the faculty and staff with symptoms or concerns should contact their health-care providers. 

How to limit the spread of COVID-19

At this time, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The CDC recommends these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that healthy people 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.