What Is Coronavirus and How Is it Spread?
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, first originating in China.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases range from mild symptoms to severe illnesses and death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell, among others.
COVID-19 is thought to spread from person-to-person contact, particularly between people who are in close contact (within 6 feet) with one another or through respiratory droplets produced through the coughing or sneezing of an infected person. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Current Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is rapidly evolving. To receive the latest information on where cases are located, visit the CDC website.
For an up-to-date summary of what is happening in L.A. County, visit the L.A. County Department of Public Health website.
Due to the quickly developing nature of COVID-19, it is important to stay up-to-date through reliable sources, such as the CDC and the World Health Organization.
What Does the CDC Recommend at This Time?
Everyone can play a part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 through small, preventative actions.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- 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.
- 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 your hands are visibly dirty.
- Use a cloth face covering when out in public. In Los Angeles County, essential businesses are required to provide all of their employees whose duties require contact with other employees and/or the public with a cloth face covering to wear. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces.
- For general cleaning and disinfecting tips for your home, the CDC has some helpful recommendations.
- If you care for someone with COVID-19 or presumed COVID-19, remove your clothes afterward and wash them. If possible, use gloves when handling the clothes.
Our Response at a Glance
The Student Health Center team is available Mon.-Fri. for telemedicine appointments from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and in-person appointments from 1-4 p.m.
All summer lecture-based courses will move to a Canvas-based learning environment.
Most staff have moved to telework. Essential employees remain in place to ensure location-based university services remain active.