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COVID-19 Resources

Initial update to University community

 

Previous updates and messages to the University community and links to CDC tips for cold and flu prevention and Ohio Department of Health, CDC and World Health Organization information on the coronavirus can be found here.

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Jan. 31, 2020

The coronavirus has been prominent in the news recently. The University of Dayton monitors situations that could affect the health and safety of our community. We are communicating directly with faculty, staff and students who could be most directly affected by the virus, including students from China and anyone with travel scheduled to China. There are no confirmed cases in Ohio and the University will follow CDC guidance regarding the situation. The CDC considers the U.S. risk low at this time. For additional information see: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the CDC.

The same precautions that protect against cold and flu viruses are recommended to help reduce your risk of the coronavirus. Follow these tips to reduce your risk:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes. 
  • Frequently wash your hands 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.
  • Do not share drinks, utensils, lip balm, e-cigarettes or vape pens, etc.
  • Get adequate sleep, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, avoid excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco use.
  • Wipe down surfaces of sinks, counters and toilets in common areas with germicidal cleaning agents. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. According to the Ohio Department of Health, faculty, staff and students should stay home if they have a fever higher than 100 degrees. Seek medical advice from the Health Center, personal physician, or emergency room when appropriate.
  • Students can contact the University of Dayton Health Center nurse line if they have concerns (937-229-3131 then press 2) or to make an appointment. If you are experiencing symptoms and have traveled to the impacted area of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, please first call the Health Center to receive guidance on next steps.