As you have likely seen in the news, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness termed “2019-nCoV”. The new virus is a coronavirus, which is a family of viruses that include the common cold and was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand. There are currently five confirmed cases in the U.S.
What you can do
We know this evolving public health situation may cause concern in our GW community, and the university is taking precautions based on the developments. Specifically, you will see the university’s public health campaign in bathrooms around campus: the stickers that say, “hand washing reflects well on you.” This message may seem like common sense, and for good reason--studies have shown that hand washing can prevent 1 in 5 respiratory infections.
To protect against a range of illnesses, including coronavirus, the WHO recommends:
If you are currently traveling, have recently traveled to Wuhan, or come into contact with someone who has traveled there, you should wash your hands often and avoid contact with sick people, animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat). If you meet any of the above criteria and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:
January 23, 2020