The University of Minnesota is closely monitoring an emerging public health concern involving the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The illness was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is now making global news headlines.
This virus can cause cold- and/or flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, and trouble breathing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most individuals who have tested positive have a connection to Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The CDC believes person-to-person transmission is occurring.
While a majority of cases are located in China, the CDC notes there are a growing number of confirmed or potential cases of the virus in other countries, including the U.S.
Three Things to Know
- There are no confirmed cases of the virus at any of the University of Minnesota’s five campuses.
- The University is working closely with its partners, including the Minnesota Department of Health, to continuously monitor and adapt to the situation as more is learned about this virus.
- If you have recently traveled to Wuhan or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, health officials encourage you to seek further guidance from your preferred health professional.
- Read the Jan. 30, 2020 message from the University.
- Read the Jan. 24, 2020 message from the University.
- Find additional details in the University’s FAQ on the coronavirus.
- Learn more about coronavirus, including recommendations to avoid travel to Wuhan, from the World Health Organization, CDC and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease and Policy (CIDRAP).