Coronavirus Information


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.

Patients currently being treated for Coronavirus report mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Symptoms may appear as soon as two days after exposure or as long as 14 days after exposure, according to the CDC.


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.
  • If you have a fever, cough and breathing difficulties, stay home and seek medical attention early by calling a healthcare professional.