NOVA and other educational institutions in Virginia are closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”). This is an evolving situation, and we want to keep our students, colleagues, family, and community members aware of informational and health resources available to them. The CDC and local health departments deem the risk to the American public as low; however, there are precautions we can take to prevent the spread of the disease at home, at work, and at NOVA.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, ‘Common coronaviruses can cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illness, like the common cold. Public health officials are still learning about 2019-CoV and how it affects people. Some people who have become ill with 2019-CoV have had mild symptoms. Others have had more severe illnesses, including the potential of death. Symptoms include fever, cough, and trouble breathing, and can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. Anyone experiencing symptoms should visit a doctor immediately.
For more information from the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC on the Novel Coronavirus, please see links below:
- VDH - COVID-19 Testing Sites
- VDH - Fact Sheet for Coronaviruses
- VDH - COVIDCHECK
- CDC - 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ
- CDS - 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- World Health Organization - Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Review the NOVA Contagious Disease Policy.