Health Advisory - February 4, 2020
Additional information for the campus community on 2019-nCoV has been published in an article on the university's news site.
Health Advisory - January 29, 2020
Earlier this week, we shared with you information about novel coronavirus in response to cases emerging here in Southern California.
While staff in our university's health center have seen students exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness, there are no confirmed cases in our campus community at this time, nor is there anyone under investigation for 2019-nCoV. In fact, public-health officials say that influenza is likely a greater concern for us and that it is important to stay mindful of preventative steps we can all take to stay healthy.
Here are some measures you can take to protect yourself and those around you:
- If you have symptoms of influenza-like illness or other respiratory infections, please strongly consider staying home, and do not come to campus for school or work. Also, contact your healthcare provider to seek medical attention as soon as you are able.
- If you are ill, consider wearing a mask to prevent transmission to others.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Using soap, scrub your hands for at least twenty seconds.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
- Get plenty of rest, consume ample water, and eat healthy meals.
Thank you for keeping these tips in mind. For additional information about symptoms, the flu vaccine, and healthy cleaning habits, visit the Student Health Services website at http://web.csulb.edu/divisions/students/shs/
Health Advisory - January 27, 2020
With two recently confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Southern California and in the interest of ensuring that our campus has current and accurate information, I encourage you to read this message in total.
Our university's primary commitment is to the safety, health, and well-being of all campus community members and campus visitors. The first cases of novel coronavirus in California have been confirmed in Los Angeles and Orange County in travelers from Wuhan City, China. However, no known cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in Long Beach or at CSULB.
Furthermore, as a campus we embrace inclusivity and celebrate diversity. In their most recent statement, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports that there is no immediate threat to the general public; no special precautions are required, and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel if they do not have symptoms of respiratory illness.
We encourage all members to actively engage in healthy habits to help prevent contracting and spreading illnesses. CSULB's Student Health Services team is closely monitoring the outbreak and known cases in the United States. The team is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and remains in communication with California Department of Public Health and Long Beach City public health officials.
What is the coronavirus?
The CDC is closely monitoring developments around an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by what is considered a new coronavirus. Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes diseases ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. The novel, or new, coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and has since resulted in more than two-thousand confirmed cases in China to date.
The CDC reports that patients with novel coronavirus have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Severe illness is more common in people with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems and older adults. Transmission is thought to occur via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other cold viruses are spread.
What should I do?
With increased flu activity in all of California, and the outbreak of novel coronavirus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, CSULB encourages campus members to take certain active measures to protect against influenza-like illness and respiratory infections. This includes washing hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Students on campus are able to seek medical attention from Student Health Services. If you are feeling unwell AND have traveled to Wuhan, China during the month of January, please use a face mask and notify a member of the Student Health Services team by calling (562) 985-4771 before visiting the Student Health Center.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact their primary care providers for support.
If you have symptoms of influenza-like illness or other respiratory infections, please strongly consider staying home, and do not come to campus for school or work. Also, contact your healthcare provider to seek medical attention as soon as you are able.
Additional information about the seasonal flu including details about symptoms, the flu vaccine, and healthy cleaning habits, is available via the Student Health Services website.
Accurate and up to date information about the coronavirus is available on the CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China website and at the Long Beach Health Department’s website.