The University has been closely following the public health situation regarding an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a novel strain of coronavirus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), in Wuhan, China.
The safety and health of NYU's students, faculty, administrators, and staff are the top concern for all the University's leadership. The new illness has been a focus of attention across NYU's global network since it first emerged, and we have assembled a team involving multiple University offices to monitor, plan, and respond.
A "novel coronavirus" is a strain that has not previously been found in humans. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses such as the common cold, and more severe illnesses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Coronaviruses commonly circulate in animals and sometimes infect humans. The coronavirus under investigation, 2019-Coronavirus, is believed to have originated from animals. While the mode of transmission remains unclear, person-to person transmission is occurring.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
Symptoms related to the novel coronavirus under investigation ( 2019-nCoV ) include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially in infants, older individuals, and in those with underlying health conditions.
How do I prevent coronavirus?
While there is still much that is unknown about this virus, we know what we can do to reduce our risk for infection:
Should I wear a mask so I don't catch the virus?
The protective value of wearing a surgical mask is limited, and no health agencies are currently recommending general wearing of a surgical mask to avoid contracting 2019-nCoV. Masks can help in the following way: if you are starting to experience symptoms, wearing a mask can help to prevent you from spreading illness to others. For instance, if you start experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness (coughing, sneezing, congestion, etc.) and are coming to the Student Health Center to be evaluated, we recommend that you wear a mask (masks are available in residence halls for this purpose).
I’m sick, how do I know if it's coronavirus or something else, like the flu?
Coronavirus symptoms and flu symptoms are similar. The majority of the 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 have symptoms of fever, cough and body aches and are feeling concerned, call 212-443-1000 and ask to speak to a nurse.
If you recently traveled to/from Wuhan and have a fever and cough or shortness of breath, you should:
The news of the coronavirus seems very dire, and it’s left me feeling anxious. Where can I turn for help?