The University of Pittsburgh continues to monitor the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, COVID-19.
On our Pittsburgh campus, we are taking the following precautions:
- Screening all faculty and staff who visit MyHealth@Work for recent international travel and for respiratory symptoms
- Screening all students who visit the Student Health Service for recent international travel and for respiratory symptoms
- Reaching out to individuals who may have been impacted by COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- cough and
- shortness of breath.
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or who thinks they have been exposed to the virus via travel or contact with others should call their health care provider to talk with a medical professional as soon as possible.
The CDC has issued guidance for preventing COVID-19 from spreading to others. There are several resources available for specific situations and audiences:
- People being evaluated by a healthcare provider or confirmed to have COVID-19 who do not need to be hospitalized and who can receive care at home.
- Caregivers and anyone living with a person confirmed to have or being evaluated for, COVID-19.
- Other people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have or being evaluated for COVID-19.
Risk Assessment on COVID-19
On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the current COVID-19 outbreak has met all the requirements of a pandemic. Numerous cases of COVID-19 have been positively identified in the United States, including Pennsylvania.
Pitt reminds all of our University community members to continue to follow standard wellness practices, such as:
- frequent hand-washing,
- covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing,
- Avoiding sharing cups, utensils, water bottles and other personal items and
- Staying home when sick and avoiding others who are sick.