Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Infectious disease experts around the world are learning new information every day about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that emerged in Wuhan, China, late last year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to track the outbreak and advise global public health experts on how to help contain the spread of the illness.

What is novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and how is it spread?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are best known for causing the common cold. They are also responsible for more serious respiratory illnesses such as SARS and MERS.

The virus is believed to be spread between people mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory illnesses spread. These drops can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or inhaled into the lungs.

Dispelling some myths about coronavirus

There is no evidence that the coronavirus can be transmitted through products shipped from China or any other country. Viruses do not tend to live on surfaces for very long, at most a few hours. Coronavirus germs can be eliminated by using common disinfectants.

This is a rapidly changing situation. U-M officials and medical experts, in close coordination with the state and local public health experts, are closely monitoring for developments and will offer additional guidance to the university community as soon as it is available.

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