2019 Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV Community Update – February 3

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Over the weekend, US health officials in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began implementing enhanced health screenings to detect travelers with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing upon entering the US. These health assessments and requests for travelers currently returning to the US to monitor their health is part of a layered approach to limiting the spread of disease, which now includes potential self or mandatory quarantines for those who may have been exposed to the virus. 

Anyone who has traveled to or from China in the last three weeks—or has had sustained contact with travelers from China during that time—should contact the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3 for a free risk assessment and additional guidance. Further, these individuals should watch for any changes in their health for 14 days after leaving China or after having close contact with someone who visited from China in the past three weeks. If you develop a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others and seek medical care right away, but call the doctor’s office or emergency room before going and tell them of your recent travel and symptoms. Campus community members who have additional health questions or concerns, or would like to receive a risk assessment at no charge, can contact the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3.

The University is continuing to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and will update its advice based on the most current information available. To learn more, community members can visit the University’s Frequently Asked Questions page