Coronavirus facts not fiction

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The health of the MCC community is a top priority. The college has gathered information and quick links to the latest developments from federal, state and local public health officials to help you quickly access accurate information.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the risk to the general public is low at this time.  You are greater risk of contracting influenza.

The 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. Those considered at risk for contracting the virus are individuals who recently traveled to Wuhan, China, or individuals in close contact with a an infected person. Currently, no commercial testing is available and there is no vaccine. The federal and state public health agencies are working with those exposed to get testing by CDC.

The confirmed case in Arizona is a Maricopa county resident who recently returned from travel to Wuhan, China.

The patient is a member of the Arizona State University community who does not live in university housing. This person is not severely ill and is currently in isolation to keep the illness from spreading.  The Maricopa county and state health departments are currently investigating to identify any close contacts that may have been exposed while the person was infectious. Any individuals who have been identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms in collaboration with public health and the university.

“While the immediate risk of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to the general public is believed to be low at this time, ADHS and our county public health partners will continue to actively monitor for the disease. There are simple daily precautions that everyone should always take to prevent the spread of diseases.” — Dr. Cara Christ, Arizona Department of Health Services Director.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

From the CDC: What is Coronavirus

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

 

Links to Latest Developments

Arizona Department of Health Services

Centers for Disease Control

Mohave County Department of Public Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

World Health Organization