COVID-19 is a virus that was found to be the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Learn more about coronaviruses from the CDC website.
COVID-19 may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms such as: Cough, fever, trouble breathing and pneumonia. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
The virus is thought to spread:
- Mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet).
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Respiratory droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.
- It may be possible that an individual can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.
- It is thought that individuals are the most contagious when they are the most symptomatic. There have been reports of viral spread from individuals who are asymptomatic; although this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Visit the CDC for more details regarding facts about viral spread.
- Wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you feel sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your bent elbow or a tissue and throw tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Individuals who have been in or traveled through Level 3 countries will be subject to federal screening procedures, which may include a 14-day self-quarantine upon return to the U.S. Following the off campus 14-day self-quarantine, all individuals in this category may not come to any Molloy College campus locations if they have exhibited signs of illness. Any person exhibiting symptoms of illness within 14 days of returning to the U.S. following any international travel must obtain written medical clearance before returning to any Molloy College location. We ask all students returning from affected areas to call Student Health Services, and all employees to call Human Resources for further instructions and with any questions.
If you recently traveled internationally to these areas of concern and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing, you should:
- Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Stay home, except for seeking medical care.
- Avoid further travel until the illness resolves.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Coronavirus, cold and flu symptoms are similar. The majority of cases of the illness have occurred in affected areas. If you have not been to an area affected by the outbreak, chances are you might have the flu. If you are a student and have symptoms of fever, cough, and body aches, and are feeling concerned, call Student Health Services at 516.323.3467 or Human Resources at 516.323.3050.
Please refer to the following websites for Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and information:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- New York State Department of Health
- World Health Organization
- National Institutes of Health
New York State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline: Call 1.888.364.3065