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Coronavirus FAQ

National and global health agencies are closely monitoring an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, in the Hubei Province of China.

The new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, has resulted in human infections in China, and cases in other countries that have been linked to the China outbreak. The outbreak in Wuhan has been connected to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting a possible animal source to the outbreak.

Learn more about coronavirus from the following sources:

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Are there safety concerns for the VCU community?

There have been no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in our region. We are closely working with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are following their screening and response protocols.

If you are a student concerned about your own health, please contact University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828. Other VCU community members should call their primary care provider.

What is VCU doing to protect the campus community?

We are following guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on our screening and response protocols, and are conducting targeted outreach to relevant VCU populations to protect the health and well-being of our campus community.

If you are a student concerned about your own health, please contact University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828.  Other VCU community members should call their primary care provider.

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that range from the common cold to other viruses like MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Coronaviruses commonly circulate in animals and sometimes also infect humans.

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

Symptoms related to this coronavirus strain include fever (above 100.4 F), along with cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially for older individuals and those with other health conditions.

How do I prevent coronavirus?

Much is not yet known about the virus, including a definitive mode of transmission. At this time, the primary risk factor appears to be related to the outbreak in China. Students who have symptoms as described above AND have traveled to Wuhan, China – or who have had contact with someone known to be infected with the coronavirus (or who is currently being tested) – are encouraged to call University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828 for consultation.

It is always good practice to employ the following self-care habits to protect your health: wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, cover your cough, and don’t share drinks or food. If you get sick, stay home and rest!

I’m sick. How do I know if it is coronavirus or something else, like the flu?

Coronavirus symptoms and flu symptoms can be similar. However, at this time the novel coronavirus is primarily related to the outbreak in China. Even if you’ve traveled to this area – or have had contact with someone who has – if you have symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, it is possible that it could be the flu.

Students who have flu-like symptoms can call University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828.  We can help you determine whether to get assessment or treatment. Other VCU community members should call their primary care provider.

Is there any information especially for VCU students, faculty and staff?

VCU students may call University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828 for consultation.

If you have symptoms as described above and have traveled to Wuhan, China – or you have had contact with someone known to be infected with the coronavirus (or who is currently being tested) – please visit the VCU Medical Center emergency room, located at 1213 E. Clay St. in Richmond. 

Is the virus impacting travel?

Please refer to the CDC's website for alerts and recommendations related to travel to China.