Questions and Answers: CO-VID-19 (coronavirus)

Where did the coronavirus outbreak originate?

A novel coronavirus started in the city of Wuhan, China on December 8, 2019. 

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Many individuals who have contracted COVID-19 have had minor symptoms similar to the flu, but a small percentage have had more serious complications. 

Where has the virus spread?

The virus has spread to all six inhabited continents. 

What areas of the world are considered the most dangerous for travel?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued travel advisories for China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. The CDC has NOT issued travel alerts for any countries where Malone has service learning teams scheduled to visit.

What precautions can I take to protect against the coronavirus?

Many health organizations have produced guidelines for ways to guard against the spread of the virus. You may want to visit the site produced by the World Health Organization and available to you here. Information from the Ohio Department of Health also suggests the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals.
  • Wash hands often with water and soap for 20 seconds or longer.
  • Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces often.
  • Call before visiting your doctor.
  • Practice good hygiene habits.

What should I do if I have symptoms of the coronavirus?

It is cold, flu, and allergy season, so many people may have cold or other respiratory symptoms. You should self-quarantine if you have fever, cough, and shortness of breath or believe you have had contact with someone who has been exposed to COVID-19. Immediately contact the Health Center at 330-471-8340 and Student Development 330-471-8273. If you are an employee, you must immediately notify your supervisor and Vice President with responsibility for your area. 

Where can I find additional information about the coronavirus?

The following websites may helpful as you search for additional information: