Get accurate information on the Coronavirus

Public health officials have described the immediate health risk to the campus community as low

University Health Services has posted the latest information on the Coronavirus on its home page. At present, there are no known cases in the campus community.  

This information will be kept up to date.

What if I have traveled to affected areas or have been in contact with someone who might be infected?

University Health Services advises persons who recently traveled from Wuhan or other affected areas (in the past 14 days) or have had close contact with some suspected of having an infection with the novel coronavirus to watch for flu-like symptoms (fever > 100.4 orally and respiratory symptoms such as sore throat, cough, or difficulty breathing); and if experiencing symptoms, use a face mask, and seek immediate medical care.

If you are asymptomatic (not experiencing symptoms) you do not have to be seen by a provider.

If you have not traveled to China or have not been in contact with a person known or suspected to have the illness, there is no reason to be concerned at this time.

If you have traveled recently to Wuhan, China, had close contact with someone who has been confirmed with, or is being evaluated for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, you should:

  • Monitor your health for 14 days, from the day you first traveled or had close contact with someone ill with this new Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Watch for signs and symptoms listed below.
  • Call your doctor, urgent care or hospital. They will give you instructions.
  • If you have symptoms, stay away from other people until you receive instructions.

Where can I seek care?

Students should call University Health Services for medical care, 513-556-2564. Faculty and staff should call Employee Health at Holmes Hospital, 513-584-4457, as well as their personal healthcare provider. 

How can I protect myself from this and other viruses?

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer. Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.

What is the Novel (new) Coronavirus?

Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world. Seven different known coronaviruses can infect people and make them sick. Some were identified many years ago and some more recently.

What are the signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus?

Symptoms are similar to other respiratory viruses. If you have these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have this new virus! Unless you have recently traveled to Wuhan, China or have been around someone ill with this new virus, your risk of getting sick is near zero.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever (may not always be present)
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Other early symptoms to look for include:

  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Runny nose

More from the CDC

Unless you have recently traveled from China or have been around someone ill with this new virus, your risk of getting sick is low. If you have traveled from China and are, experiencing signs and symptoms contact University Health Services or your own physician.

While Centers for Disease Control considers this a serious public health concern, based on current location, the immediate health risk to the general American public is considered low at this time.