You are likely aware of an evolving outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China. MiraCosta College and the San Diego Health Department are working in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to monitor the news, review updates from local officials, and help protect the health of our community.
Currently, there are no confirmed cases in San Diego County and the risk of infection remains low. Furthermore, there are no reported cases at MiraCosta College and no cases are under investigation.
Some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) are as follows:
How can I prevent the spread of infection?
Currently, we are at the height of cold and flu season. It is recommended that we practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
• Wash your hands often 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.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What are the symptoms of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
• shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Limited person-to-person spread, most associated with close contact with a patient with confirmed 2019-nCoV, has been seen outside of China. No community spread of 2019-nCoV has been identified in the United States at this time. This is an evolving situation and updated information will be provided as it becomes available.
What should you do if you have traveled to an infected area?
If you’ve traveled from one of the impacted areas and start to develop symptoms, you should contact your medical provider before showing up at their office, so that they can take the necessary precautions before your visit.
Quarantine is not currently recommended for individuals who are not having symptoms.
For up to date information, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.
For more information on what the public should do, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.