Dear Columbia Community:
We are actively monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and want to share with you important information about the virus’s symptoms and current recommendations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the World Health Organization as this outbreak, originating in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, continues to expand.
Currently, there are no known cases in the area. However, we want to provide some additional information as this situation evolves. This virus belongs to a family of viruses called “coronavirus.” There are other viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals. These viruses can cause either mild illness like a cold or can make people very sick with pneumonia. This particular coronavirus has not been seen previously in humans. There is no vaccine available for this or other coronaviruses.
How is it transmitted?
Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how it spreads. It is spread from animals to humans and also appears to be spread from person to person. Incubation is likely 5-7 days,…
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