FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There are seven known coronaviruses that affect humans. They’re named coronavirus because of the crown-like spikes on their surface. The first was identified in the 1960s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Novel Coronavirus is believed to have originated in a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It now seems to be spreading from person-to-person, in much the same way as the flu or other respiratory illnesses spread, via respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs or sneezes. The CDC believes it is spread between people who are in close contact.
There are no known cases of coronavirus at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Health authorities throughout the world are focused on COVID-19. We are closely following developments and working with other university staff to be prepared for the situation.
You can limit your likelihood of contracting the Coronavirus with the same methods you would use to avoid the flu.
- WASH YOUR HANDS. Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue into the trash.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces.
WHAT IF I HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS OR BELIEVE I AM INFECTED?
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough and breathing difficulties, stay home and seek medical attention early by calling a healthcare professional. Contact your primary care physician or the Oklahoma Department of Health’s Coronavirus hotline at 1-877-215-8336 for instruction on testing and other recommended procedures.