Update on the Coronavirus

From the UNLV Student Health CenterThis information was sent out to students via email. Please encourage your students to follow the 5 recommendations below, which apply to preventing the spread of many illnesses.

Dedicated staff in the UNLV Health Center are closely monitoring the situation, along with the Southern Nevada Health District.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) Coronavirus that was first identified in December, 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.  There have been hundreds of confirmed cases reported by Chinese health officials, and these cases are continuing to expand in several countries, including Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, and South Korea.  The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020 in Washington State.  There are no confirmed cases in Nevada at this time.

The Student Health Center at UNLV is closely monitoring this situation through the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), and Southern Nevada Health District.  Outbreaks of a new virus are always a health concern, and we are staying up to date as the CDC and WHO continue their investigation of this outbreak.

In general, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory disease, such as a common cold.  However, some coronaviruses may cause more severe symptoms and even death. As the investigation continues to evolve on this new coronavirus, the most up-to-date information may be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

If you have traveled to China in the last 14 days (or been in contact with someone who has been to China and has become ill), AND if you feel sick with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, it is recommended that you be evaluated by a medical professional.  Students should make an appointment at the Student Health Center (702-895-3370) or see their primary care provider.  Please be sure to inform your health care provider of your symptoms and travel history when making an appointment. If your symptoms are severe, please go to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.

To protect yourself from the coronavirus and other illnesses, recommendations include the following:

1.      Avoid contact with sick people.

2.      Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

3.      Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

4.      If you don’t feel well, seek medical care. Before you go to a health care provider’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

5.      Visit for more information:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/prevention.html

If you plan to travel:

1.     Do not travel while you are sick. 

2.     Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  . Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

3.     Avoid contact with animals and animal markets if traveling overseas because animals can spread disease

4.     Older travelers and those with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease and should discuss any travel with their healthcare provider.

Please visit the CDC’s website for the most current information on travel notices and advice:   https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/novel-coronavirus-china

The Student Health Center will continue to stay abreast of any ongoing developments regarding the new coronavirus.  We are screening all patients who come in to the SHC for recent travel and symptoms.  We have also instituted additional measures to prevent the spread of illness.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Student Health Center (702-895-3370).

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