According to a Jan. 31 email from Director of Health Services Lisa Marx, the outbreak of the coronavirus which was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China is “rapidly evolving.” She said that one person in Maryland tested negative for the virus. Many patients in Wuhan were linked to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, person-to-person spread is occurring. There is no exact incubation period; however, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe people may develop symptoms between two and 14 days. Symptoms currently include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for China on Jan. 31.
Washington College Health Services asks that “ALL students who traveled ANYWHERE abroad in the past 30 days” to contact them at 410-778-7261 to discuss screening, monitoring, and health precautions. They also ask that faculty and staff discuss any recent travel abroad and/or any illnesses with their personal health providers.