4 things students should know right now about COVID-19 – March 6

Augusta University is closely monitoring the recent outbreak of Coronavirus 2019, or COVID-19. Although there have been no reported cases in the Augusta area or within the AU community, it’s important for students to stay informed and prepared.

How can I protect myself from Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)?

Just like with the standard flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend several preventative actions like washing your hands, being informed, and staying home when you’re sick.

Remember also to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette, and to keep in mind that the CDC does not currently recommend using face masks to prevent infection. Masks are typically worn by already infected individuals to prevent spreading to others.

Learn more about what you need to know, and how to stop the spread of germs.

What do I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you develop these symptoms within 14 days of:

…you should call Student Health Services at 706-721-3448. The Student Health Clinic will direct your next steps.

What do I do if I have been diagnosed?

If you have been diagnosed, Augusta University is ready to help. Call the Dean of Students’ Office at 706-737-1411 if you need help facilitating absences or other academic arrangements with faculty, or other forms of support.

Where can I find support if I have experienced stigmatization or unfair treatment related to health?

We encourage students to seek support with Student Counseling and Psychological Services at 706-737-1471. Our counselors will provide psychological care and refer students to other university resources.

Augusta University strives to be an inclusive community that welcomes and respects all people. Acts that violate the institution’s core values of compassion, inclusivity, and integrity are not tolerated.

Keep in mind that viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds. People from affected countries that live in the U.S. may be worried about friends and relatives who are living in affected regions, and facing stigma will only worsen their fear and anxiety. Social support during this outbreak is crucial.

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