Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus named COVID-19. The illness originated in Wuhan, China, but has spread to other countries, including the United States. 

COVID-19: Confirmed Cases in the United States*†

Travel related                       11     
Person-to-person spread  2
Total confirmed cases 13
Total tested 413

* This table represents cases detected and tested in the United States through U.S. public health surveillance systems since January 21, 2020. It does not include people who returned to the U.S. via State Department-chartered flights.
 Numbers closed out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.

COVID-19: Persons Repatriated to the United States and Tested by CDC†

  Wuhan, China Diamond Princess Cruise Ship
Positive  18

† Numbers closed out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.

Is there a concern for campus safety?

Notre Dame officials including University Health Services, Notre Dame Wellness Center, Emergency Management, Risk Management, Residential Life, and Notre Dame International have been closely monitoring the evolving news about this illness for several weeks and also have been in communication with county and state health departments. At this point, we have no reason to believe there is any risk to members of the Notre Dame community, and the American College Health Association has advised that there currently is “no basis for changing business as usual regarding housing, campus events, and other circumstances under which large groups of people will be gathering.”

What if I my recent or future travel plans involve China?

Based upon guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. State Department, the University is taking several proactive steps to ensure the safety and health of our campus community, including:

  • University-sponsored travel to mainland China for all students, staff, and faculty is prohibited until further notice The U.S. State Department regularly offers guidance for travelers and Thursday issued a “Do Not Travel” advisory for all of mainland China.
  • If you are returning from mainland China with fever or respiratory symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call to consult with University Health Services, the Notre Dame Wellness Center, or your primary care provider.
  • The CDC is not advising quarantine for travelers who do not have symptoms simply based on their travel history or home address. If that advice changes, the University is prepared.

Notre Dame values the many people of different nationalities and cultures who are cherished members of our community and, in keeping with the recommendations of the CDC and State Department, is taking these steps out of an abundance of caution.

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, much like the common cold and flu. Coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle aches, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. 

Because this is a new virus, information is still developing, including all the ways it is transmitted. At this time, the primary risk factor appears to be related to the outbreak in Wuhan. Anyone who has symptoms described above, and has traveled to that region in China within 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms, or who has had contact with someone known to be infected with coronavirus (or who is currently being tested) is encouraged to contact a health care provider. Students should call ahead to schedule a visit to University Health Services at 631-7497 or contact their primary care provider.

More information about this coronavirus has been posted on the CDC website and U.S. State Department website.  Updates will be posted at emergency.nd.edu.

How can it be prevented?

As with any virus, it is important to use good self-care habits, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cover your cough
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Don’t share food or drinks

What if I am sick?

If you have flu or cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following:

  • stay home while you are sick
  • don’t share food or drinks
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own. However, you can do some things to relieve your symptoms

  • take pain and fever medications (Caution: do not give Aspirin to children)
  • use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough

If you are mildly sick, you should

  • drink plenty of liquids
  • stay home and rest

The University will continue to closely monitor this health risk with the expectation that guidelines and recommendations will change. We will provide updates when warranted.       

University Health Services is actively monitoring this situation and updating this site as information becomes available.  Last updated on 2/21/20 at 3:00pm.