The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is providing updated information as it becomes available.
Although there are 5 positive cases in the United States (Washington, California, Arizona and Illinois), to date THERE ARE NO PERSONS POTENTIALLY EXPOSED OR INFECTED WITH 2019-nCoV IN HAWAII. The individuals identified in the US had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, and there is no evidence of transmission within the US. There is no cause for alarm, and the campus will continue to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization, CDC and local authorities throughout the world and are ready to make adjustments as needed.
For now, our campus community can take steps to protect themselves against respiratory illness by following the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) recommendations below:
Get vaccinated against the flu.
- With current seasonal influenza activity, it is likely there will be confusion as persons with influenza will exhibit similar signs and symptoms such as fever and cough.
- We strongly recommend residents 6 months and older protect themselves against flu by receiving the seasonal influenza vaccination.
We do not recommend any travel to China at this time.
If you must travel:
- Postpone travel if you are currently sick
- Avoid contact with sick people
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Older travelers and those with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease and should discuss travel to China with their healthcare provider.
If you traveled to Wuhan and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:
- Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Otherwise, stay home. Except for seeking medical care, avoid contact with others.
- Avoid traveling while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
In general, it’s a good idea to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to protect against any infection. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.