Information on coronavirus

We’ve been following the news about the spread of a new respiratory virus known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. We also recently looked into a report that a Harper College student may have been exposed to coronavirus. This student was not infected and at no time posed a risk to campus.

Again, there are no confirmed cases of any infected Harper College students, faculty or staff.

Public health officials have said the risk remains low in the United States. We’re closely monitoring this public health concern and following the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health. To help keep our campus community safe, we can educate ourselves about coronavirus and take preventative actions that prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, influenza and other illnesses.

What is coronavirus?

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and cause respiratory illness. This new strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is thought to be spreading from ill people to others. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent infection. The CDC always recommends the following everyday preventative actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have concerns about your health or symptoms you’re experiencing, please contact your healthcare provider or visit the NCH Outpatient Care Center in Building M.

Visit the Illinois Department of Public Health or the CDC to learn more about coronavirus including answers to Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions or concerns specific to health and safety at Harper College, please submit them here.

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