According to the CDC, the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Please refer to the list below for answers to common questions regarding how Saint Anselm College is responding to the Coronavirus.
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Here is information from the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/)
How is it transmitted?
The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.htm
What are the symptoms?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness. Common symptoms include: fever, fatigue, weakness, and a cough.
What health precautions can I take to avoid getting the coronavirus?
Current recommendations include: wash your hands, disinfect surfaces, stay home if you are sick, limit travel, practice social distancing by 6 feet, and do not share drinks or utensils.
- Where can I get the most up-to-date information about the status of coronavirus/COVID-19?
Should I wear a facemask to prevent myself from catching coronavirus, the flu or other illnesses?
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. The use of facemasks is crucial for reducing spread of infection in health care settings and for people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
If someone is wearing a facemask, does it mean they are sick?
No, wearing a facemask does not mean someone is sick. While in the United States, facemasks or surgical masks are typically worn and seen primarily in healthcare settings, in many countries and cultures, people wear facemasks in public, particularly in the winter. Wearing a mask is something many people have done throughout their lives and it makes them feel safer.
I’m feeling anxious. Who can I talk to?
Health Services is available to answer any questions, provide reassurance, or connect you with additional resources.