What is coronavirus?
The Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new strain of virus that recently began circulating in Asia before spreading internationally, including to and within the United States. While scientists are still learning about this new virus, they have discovered it is highly contagious and spreads through close contact with infected people. Because this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, the CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available.
The Texas Department of State and Health Services has created a Coronavirus call center for further information: 877-570-9779.
How does it spread?
Although we have a lot to learn about this virus, it is believed to spread like other respiratory viruses – by people with the infection coughing and sneezing. These droplets are inhaled by other people or moved to the eyes, nose or mouth by contaminated hands.
What can I do if I feel anxious about the coronavirus?
You can take proactive measures to prevent the spread of colds and other viral ailments by doing the following:
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately dispose of the tissue.
- Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Wear a mask.
We understand that some community members are concerned. If you are having anxiety that is interfering with your daily life activity and would like to talk with someone, support is available to students, faculty and staff through the ACU Counseling Center. You also may refer to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on mental health and how to cope in dealing with COVID-19.
Where can I get more information about the coronavirus?
For current information about this evolving public health situation, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus page.
The Texas Department of State and Health Services has created a Coronavirus call center: 877-570-9779.