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Coronavirus FAQ

What is the 2019 novel coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Learn about 2019 novel coronavirus.

How does the coronavirus spread?

This virus probably originally emerged from an animal source but now seems to be spreading from person to person. The exact way the virus is spread is not fully known. With similar coronaviruses MERS and SARS, person-to-person spread is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other viruses that cause respiratory illness spread. There also may be some spread when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touches his or her own mouth or nose or possibly their eyes. Spread of SARS and MERS between people has generally occurred between close contacts. There is much more to learn about 2019-nCoV, and investigations are ongoing.

Has anyone in the United States been infected?

Yes. The first infection with 2019-nCoV in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread of this virus in the United States was reported on January 30, 2020. See the current U.S. case count of infection with 2019-nCoV.

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

Individuals with 2019-nCoV have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • In more severe cases, pneumonia

How can I protect myself?

According to health officials, there are everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of many respiratory viruses, including this new coronavirus. These include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • 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.

Should individuals who were recently in China wear masks?

Health officials are not recommending wearing masks, but community members are welcome to wear a mask if it makes them more comfortable.

I am a student who recently arrived from mainland China. What should I do?

Call Health Services in advance of a visit to arrange for a screening. We will see you quickly and take appropriate steps to help and guide you.

I am a faculty or staff member who recently arrived from mainland China. What should I do?  

Contact your healthcare provider for screening prior to returning to campus.

What should I do if I recently traveled to China and got sick?

If you were in China within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, you should get medical care. Call the office of your healthcare provider or Health Services at 516.877.6000 before you go and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing others to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out, and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

I’m sick. How do I know if it’s coronavirus or something else, like the flu?

Coronavirus symptoms, cold symptoms and flu symptoms are similar. The majority of cases of the illness have occurred in and around the city of Wuhan in China. If you have not been to the area of the outbreak, chances are you might have the flu. If you are a student and have symptoms of fever, cough and body aches, and are feeling concerned, call 516.877.6000 and ask to speak to a nurse.

I have visitors to my lab or office from China. Are there any restrictions? Do they need to check in with anyone?

Health Services is not screening campus visitors. Anyone arriving from mainland China after February 3, 2020, will be restricted from campuses, per current guidelines provided by health officials. 

Is the University canceling any events?

No. Health officials are not advising cancellation or curtailing of events.

Where can I get more information on coronavirus?

For up-to-date information, please check the following websites:

Adelphi University Resources

For medical questions about coronavirus, contact the Health Services Center at 516.877.6000 or

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