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Slippery Rock University is in regular communication with county and state health and emergency officials to monitor the on-going situation. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available. It is prudent to recognize that as the outbreak is still evolving, the risk of possible infection is great.
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in many affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
To learn more, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 FAQ webpage.
Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends typical infectious disease precautions, just as those used to prevent cold or flu:
The CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional public health measure. Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. For more information from the CDC, click here.
Health questions can be directed to Student Health Services at 724.738.2052. Parents and students can contact the Office of Student Affairs at 724.738.2155. SRU employees with work-related questions can call Human Resources at 724.738.2070.
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