Recently, there have been questions about the Coronavirus from many school and university students, faculty and staff within Georgia who are concerned about how the current outbreak of the Coronavirus in China will impact their communities and wish to take appropriate steps to mitigate any risks. East Georgia State College, along with other colleges and universities in the state, are monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and making sure students, faculty and staff have updated information about the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working hard to learn as much as possible about this new virus so that they can better understand how it spreads and its associated illness. The Georgia Department of Health (DPH) is also working hard to develop guidance and educational materials should this new virus impact residents in the state of Georgia. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020. However, the immediate health risk to the U.S. public is considered low at this time, and symptoms such as fever and cough resemble seasonal flu. The best way to prevent infection with any respiratory virus is to use the same preventive strategies used during a normal cold and flu season: get a flu shot every year, wash hands regularly with warm water and soap, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when experiencing symptoms of illness.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your local public health district or call 1-866-PUB-HLTH (782-4584) or 404-657-2588.
As this is an evolving situation, the most up-to-date information from the CDC can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and from DPH at https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus. You can also view this information on EGSC’s webpage at http://www.ega.edu/offices/external_affairs/infectious_disease_information.