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About the Coronavirus

What is the coronavirus?

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus that was first identified after an outbreak of respiratory illnesses in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.  The virus has now spread internationally and has been reported in the United States.

How does it spread?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are within close contact (about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object with the virus and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.

Risk and Prevention

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
Risk and Prevention

How can I stay up-to-date on the spread of the virus?

We recommend that you follow reliable sources of information, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization, both of which are constantly updating their websites as the situation evolves.

SIU's Response to the Coronavirus