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A Message Regarding Coronavirus

Closing school was not an easy decision because I understand the impact our actions have on members of our LIH family. Please know, just as we are committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment when school is in session, we are dedicated to protecting our students and staff in times of uncertainty. Based on all the information available to us, we felt it best to follow CDC guidance on social distancing to mitigate a possible impact of COVID-19 on the LIH community. This closure is not a reaction but is done out of an abundance of caution.

Included in this letter, you will find important information as LIH moves forward.

The campus, transportation services, and the Administration will be closed until Sunday May 3, 2020. Only essential personnel who have been contacted will meet to prepare for the needs of our students during the school closure. I respectfully ask other students and parents not to report to our facility during this time — NO EXCEPTIONS. Any questions may be emailed to the Head of School.

LIH worked with faculty Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 to develop online system to facilitate the students’ learning during the closure.

We will continue to monitor the situation daily and will make additional changes, if necessary, based on the evolving conditions. Rest assured we will continue to communicate with you immediately via the LIH website and LIH Communications as information becomes available, and as we receive additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

This is an unprecedented situation, but I am confident our community will pull together to weather this storm, just as we have in the past. I ask for your patience as our team continues to work through the many concerns that must be addressed. Every decision we make is made with our students, staff, and families in mind, and we appreciate your continued support.

Lycée International de Houston is monitoring the coronavirus (2019-nCov) situation carefully and is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of students and staff in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

LIH currently has NO confirmed cases for COVID-19. However, acting out of an abundance of caution, one individual has been placed on a 14-day self-quarantine. The self-quarantined individual is closely related to someone who recently returned from overseas.

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Department of State Health updates

Coronavirus and Lycée International de Houston

Dear LIH Community:

As we continue to monitor the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Lycée International de Houston is taking immediate, proactive measures to mitigate the impact on the LIH community and keep our students and staff safe.

The Lycée International de Houston has posted the Coronavirus updates on the LIH website at https://www.lihouston.org/coronavirus/.

All LIH employees, students, and families who have traveled or are planning to during Spring break must register their travel plans using the LIH Travel Reporting Form at https://www.lihouston.org/covid-19-travel-reporting-form/. This form must be completed no later than Tuesday, March 31, 2020. All employees, students, and families who travel upon return must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to LIH.

For example: Catherine’s father travels to France on business. He returns March 18, 2020. The father and the family members (mother, children, etc.) living in the domicile must self-quarantine for 14 days before they are allowed to reenter the school.

All LIH students, families, and employees should take extra precautions when traveling and follow travel guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel website.

LIH currently has NO confirmed cases for COVID-19. However, acting out of an abundance of caution, one individual has been placed on a 14-day self-quarantine. The self-quarantined individual is closely related to someone who recently returned from overseas.

Beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3, LIH will temporarily limit ALL campus visitors to parents only.

The Francophonie: Share the World will be postponed until after Spring Break.
We are committed to keeping you updated and providing you with information as soon as we have it. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority and all decisions are being made with that in mind and in alignment with guidance from health and education officials.

Sincerely,

Margaret Combs – Head of the School Lycée International de Houston

Keeping Schools Healthy Update

Hand washing

Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to contain the spread of illness and disease, including COVID-19.

We are prioritizing hand washing when students have used the restroom and prior to lunch. These are always good habits, and critical to the containment of the disease. Our school faculty will be prioritizing hand washing, and custodial staff will keep soap fully stocked in bathrooms and classrooms to support these efforts.

Staff will also reinforce good hygiene and remind students to not touch their face, nose, or mouth, sneeze into a tissue or elbow, and reduce physical hand contact (high fives, first bumps, etc.).

How can families and partners help?

If hand washing isn’t possible, we will have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or sanitizer wipes, with at least 60% alcohol. Currently, the school has supplies but because this is a national and global event there eventually could be a shortage. One-way families and partners can help is to provide:

  • Hand sanitizer or alcohol-based sanitizer wipes to school offices (at least 60% alcohol, dye free and fragrance-free)
  • General all-purpose disinfectant in a spray bottle
  • Tissues

School and Common Area Cleaning

Custodial staff have been directed to prioritize and increase frequency of cleaning common and high traffic areas each day. In a normal situation these areas would be cleaned once a day. Prioritized cleaning includes bathrooms, the lunchroom, common spaces, door handles, emergency bar on doors, etc. This means that ongoing maintenance or litter pick-up outside will be deprioritized temporarily. All efforts will be made to keep students healthy and safe.

School Bus Cleaning

The school’s transportation provider has increased cleaning of buses. We appreciate their partnership.

COVID-19 Symptoms or Contact Response Update
If a student or staff person exhibits COVID-19 symptoms while at school

COVID-19 symptoms include a fever of 100 degrees, cough, and/or difficulty breathing. If a student presents these symptoms while at school, they will be immediately removed to a quarantined space in the school, while continuing to be monitored by an adult. A family member or emergency contact will be called to pick them up. They will be unable to ride the school bus or public transportation home.
We recognize this may cause anxiety and fear for our students and we will do our best to address any concerns. We are committed to ensuring students are supported with love, compassion, and care.

If a staff person exhibits symptoms, they will be asked to leave school and call their healthcare provider immediately. We will monitor the staff person’s health conditions as appropriate.

Harris County Public Health quarantine recommendations
Who should self-quarantine?

Self-quarantine means staying at home and away from others and self-monitoring for symptoms, including doing daily temperature checks. Individuals in the following categories should self-quarantine for 14 days per the CDC:

For example, Marc’s wife, Lilly was recently confirmed to have COVID-19. Marc should self-quarantine for 14 days per the CDC, monitor symptom, and notify his healthcare provider and Public Health if he becomes ill.

Who does not need to self-quarantine?

Close contacts, such as family members or roommates, of people who have had close contact with a confirmed case do not need to self-quarantine.

For example, Ingrid is a healthcare provider who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case at work. She does not have any respiratory symptoms. Her son, Liam, does not need to self-quarantine and does not need evaluation or testing for COVID-19. However, if Ingrid becomes sick with COVID-19, Liam will need to self-quarantine.
If the CDC requires quarantine of a staff person or student who is not ill but may have been exposed and has been to a school site, the district will do the following:

  • Remove the individual from the school location
  • Contact the school community – staff, faculty, and families
  • Cancel all school events on day of CDC notice
  • Activate specialized and extensive cleaning of the school

Staying Informed

The school continues to follow the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Harris County Public Health in our response to COVID 19.

We are committed to keeping you informed and working with you to keep our school community safe.

Latest News 6/10/2020

The Lycée International de Houston currently plans to open for face-to-face instructions on August 20, 2020. We plan to modify class sizes and to continue to practice social distancing. All student desks will face the same direction and space them six feet apart.
The Lycée International de Houston follows the guidelines based on state law, federal guidance, and Governor Abbott’s disaster declaration, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for day care operations to protect children in their care from COVID-19.
LIH has been instructed to implement the following guidance, which is consistent with the new requirements:

  • Prohibit any person except the following from accessing an operation: operation staff; persons with legal authority to enter, including law enforcement officers, HHSC Child Care Licensing staff, and Department of Family and Protective Services staff; professionals providing services to children; and children enrolled at the operation;
  • Before allowing entry into the operation, we screen all of the individuals listed above, including taking the temperature of each person upon arrival at the operation each day, and deny entry to any person who meets any of the following criteria:
  • A temperature of 100.4°F or above;
  • Signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and low-grade fever;
  • In the previous 14 days has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19; is under investigation for COVID-19; or is ill with a respiratory illness; or
  • In the previous 14 days has travelled internationally to countries with widespread, sustained community transmission. For updated information on affected countries, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/travelers/index.html.
  • All tutors, student teachers, substitutes, hourly lecturers, vendors, and contract employees must be screened by the LIH nurse before they will be allowed access to the campus. This includes mandatory temperature screenings, as well as questions regarding recent travel and health-related symptoms.
  • Require pick up and drop off of children outside of the operation, unless you determine that there is a legitimate need for the parent to enter an operation.
  • Face coverings should be worn by staff in all steps of opening, the guidance says. And students, particularly older students, should be encouraged to wear fabric face masks. Masks should be worn “where feasible,” particularly in situations where physical distancing is difficult.
  • LIH has enhanced standard procedures for cleaning and disinfection of schools. In addition to routine cleaning, custodial crews are regularly disinfecting tables, chairs, desks, cabinets, door handles, restrooms, sinks, water fountains, and other frequently touched areas, as suggested by local and state health officials and the Texas Education Agency. Additionally, LIH uses antimicrobial floor wax as standard practice.
  • Our school-based staff will be prioritizing hand washing for both students and teacher, and custodial staff will keep soap fully stocked in bathrooms and classrooms to support these efforts. Staff will also reinforce good hygiene and remind students to not touch their face, nose, or mouth, sneeze into a tissue or elbow, and reduce physical hand contact.

LIH sanitizes our operations daily, all employees and children wash hands diligently, and staff members stay home if they are sick. LIH contacts Texas Education Agency (TEA) with any questions we have or technical assistance we need. We recognize the extraordinary challenge this situation poses to our operations and LIH pledges to protect the health and safety of the children in our care.

Latest News 5/15/2020

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services created a map to help Texans find coronavirus testing sites.

The interactive map allows users to plug in their address and find testing locations nearest to them.

Latest News 3/23/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,
All families attending the Lycée International de Houston are responsible for paying their annual tuition commitment.  The Lycée International de Houston is continuing the delivery of curriculum through Moodle; therefore, we will not offer tuition refunds or discounts. Our teachers continue to work 100% on Moodle to provide the platform for student learning. If our students continue with their studies on Moodle, we will not need to extend the school year.

Pursuant to the Parent Student Handbook 2019-2020 After School Activities on page 17, the After-School Extracurricular Activity or Aftercare Fee will not be prorated for late registration, holidays, vacations, absences or emergency closures.

The LIH Help Desk is up and running at https://www.lihouston.org/help-desk/. Although the capabilities of the LIH Help Desk to provide technical support will be significantly limited, Help Desk agents will make best effort to assist parents, students, and staff during the closure. During normal Help Desk hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm), agents will be monitoring the LIH ticketing system and email address and we will make best effort to assist parents, students, and staff with their technology issues. It is very important that parents, students, and staff identify the department needed i.e. Moodle, Zoom, My Backpack, ProNote, General, or School Life to ensure the individual charged with resolution receives the ticket request.

Our students have lived through the launch of the iPhone, the guinea pig generation for disruptive innovation that put the world in their pockets and at their fingertips — but never let them disconnect or be alone.
Now as the Coronavirus looms, rather than face it together, we had to send the students home to practice good social distancing and promised to do our best through the interface of a screen to not rob life completely of the joys that only come from shared, lived experience.

LIH wants our students to know that we see them. We see how it must feel unfair. It has changed some of the students’ friendships. Canceled their classes and field trips.

But we also want our students to know that so much of what makes them wonderful is this simple fact: They have lived through so much already.

Our students are adaptable. Resilient. Funny. Creative problem solvers who demand authenticity in their friends and mentors, who expect empathy and equity.

Our students are also realists. They know we can’t fix this for them but that we’ll be there to figure it out with them.

We hope we are back together soon. We will get through this together, and somehow, we’ll become smarter, stronger and more connected than ever.

Latest News 3/17/2020

15 Days to Slow the Spread

Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Latest News 3/12/2020

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is currently not recommending closing schools. If a case of COVID-19 is diagnosed at a school, HCPH will work with the relevant school and district to determine actions to take, including potential closure of the school.

At this moment, Harris County Public Health is not recommending school closures at this time because children have not been shown to be at high risk for serious cases of COVID-19. When some schools briefly closed during the H1N1 influenza pandemic, children still gathered in group settings and thus still had exposure to one another.

Additionally, closing schools would put a strain on our workforce, including
healthcare and emergency workers who are essential to the COVID-19 response. As much as possible, children should be allowed to carry on with their education and normal activities. HCPH respects individual school districts’ decisions about closures or postponement of activities.

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Latest News 3/11/2020

Recently the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued update guidance for schools to prepare and take action for COVID-19 which includes practices currently in place in the Lycée International de Houston.

Such practices include:

  • LIH campus custodial staff will continue to disinfect the campus.
  • The LIH nurse is on staff and implements practices and procedures with guidance from local health agencies.
  • The LIH campus has provided a supply of hand sanitizer for staff, students and visitors.
  • Encourage parents/guardians to not send students to school if they are sick.
  • Adhere to our fever policy; children who have a fever of 100-degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius) or higher, should remain at home until they are fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
  • The LIH continues to emphasize common-sense preventive actions for students and staff, such as staying home when sick.

The Lycée International de Houston is working closely with the Houston Health Department to monitor the coronavirus situation. While LIH has not made the decision to cancel the Rodeo on March 17, 2020 or the Francophonie: Share the World on March 20, 2020 at this time, we will continue to communicate with health care officials to ensure we have taken all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of all communicable diseases.

As recommended by the Houston Health Department, we continue routine environmental cleaning such as disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at our campuses. We are prepared to escalate such practices if recommended by the health department.

The safety of our staff and students remains the Lycée International de Houston’s top priority. LIH will continue to hold classes at this time, and we will continue to take all future guidance from local health officials regarding school operations.

In situations like these, rumors may cause unnecessary reaction and panic. Therefore, we encourage you to get information from credible sources.

Please visit www.HoustonHealth.org for updates, key messages, frequently asked questions, travel advisories, rumor control and more. While COVID-19 is a serious public health threat, it’s important to remember there are upwards of 40,000 flu-associated deaths in the United States each year. In fact, the flu is the most serious viral threat to Houstonians today. That’s why flu vaccinations are vital.

Finally, students and staff who are traveling outside of the country are asked to follow all federal regulations when reentering the country that may include medical screenings, quarantine and self-reporting.

Working together with you, we can continue to help protect our schools and community by following basic flu prevention practices.

Latest News 3/10/2020

Dear Parent and Guardians
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

Risk Assessment
Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk to the general public from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people; the severity of resulting illness; and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccines or medications that can treat the illness).

That this disease has caused severe illness, including illness resulting in death is concerning, especially since it has also shown sustained person-to-person spread in several places. These factors meet two of the criteria of a pandemic. As community spread is detected in more and more countries, the world moves closer toward meeting the third criteria, worldwide spread of the new virus.

It is important to note that current circumstances suggest it is likely that this virus will cause a pandemic. This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC’s risk assessment will be updated as needed.
Current risk assessment:

  • For most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. This virus is not currently widespread in the United States.
  • People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.

CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.

DSHS COVID-19 CALL CENTER
Texas Department of State Health Services has a dedicated call center to answer your COVID-19 related questions or concerns. The call center is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 1-877-570-9779.

Harris County Coronavirus Rumor Control
A new coronavirus (COVID-19) was detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness across the world. According to the CDC, the current risk of contracting the virus in the United States remains low. However, Harris County is working closely with HCPH, Houston Health Department, The Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor this rapidly evolving situation.

Unfortunately, the uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus outbreak has led to misinformation and unsubstantiated rumors regarding the virus in Harris County. It is vital that residents rely on trusted and reliable health sources of information regarding novel coronavirus. Misinformation and rumors have spread quickly on social media; thus, it may not be the most reliable source of information. Residents concerned about novel coronavirus can check and share this page for updates and visit the following websites:

Harris County COVID-19 Rumors

Latest Information
HCPH is working with public health organizations at the local, state, federal, and global levels to monitor and educate the public about COVID-19.
For additional resources, please visit the links below:
2019 Novel Coronavirus (DSHS)
2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC)
2019 Novel Coronavirus (WHO)

Correction for March 7, 2020 Latest News Keep students home if temperature is above 100.0 F (37.8 C). The Celsius was incorrect.

Get the Facts on Coronavirus

Source: CBC News

Frequently Asked Questions

A: While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.

A: We will have the student or employee visit the school nurse before entering the classroom.

A: Our policy is that anyone who is not feeling well and/or has a 100.4 degree fever need to stay home until fever free for 72 hours without fever reducing medications. This will go for both faculty and families.

A: The risk depends on where you are – and more specifically, whether there is a COVID-19 outbreak unfolding there.

For most people in most locations the risk of catching COVID-19 is still low. However, there are now places around the world (cities or areas) where the disease is spreading. For people living in, or visiting, these areas the risk of catching COVID-19 is higher. Governments and health authorities are taking vigorous action every time a new case of COVID-19 is identified. Be sure to comply with any local restrictions on travel, movement or large gatherings. Cooperating with disease control efforts will reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.

COVID-19 outbreaks can be contained, and transmission stopped, as has been shown in China and some other countries. Unfortunately, new outbreaks can emerge rapidly. It’s important to be aware of the situation where you are or intend to go. WHO publishes daily updates on the COVID-19 situation worldwide.

You can see these at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/

A: We are working with the TEA and the Governor’s office in Texas for additional information. You can read more here: https://tea.texas.gov/

A: Our school will remain closed through April 24, 2020. This timeline gives the schools and families the clarity they need to make appropriate plans, while leaving open the possibility of still returning for the last month of the school year.

A: We will not have any resources available at our schools. We deeply apologize for any hardship that this may cause.

A: Your teacher is available via Moodle and email M-F from 7:50 AM to 3:30 PM.

A: Yes. Students may be in contact with classmates by phone or computer (but in-person gatherings should be avoided). Fellow students can be a good source of mutual assistance, particularly at the upper grades. That said, while we encourage a certain amount of collaboration, a student’s work must be his or her own. Normal academic honesty principles are still in place.

A: The amount of attention needed will vary depending on the age of the child and the subject matter. The work for older students can largely be done independently. Younger students will likely need some support from a parent or a caregiver to accomplish the tasks in their packets.

A: Some of the Moodle courses may contain suggestions for online resources that can help students learn the material, complete their work, or explore topics further. Please contact the teacher for additional resources.

A: Many of the teachers have included extra enrichment activities on Moodle. Parents are also encouraged to supplement Moodle tasks with quality literature, listening to classical music, time outside for exercise, and other experiences that make the best use of the period of remote learning.

A: If a student is unable to finish a task within a specific duration of time, the student is welcome to continue working until they complete the work. However, if your student seems to be struggling to finish their work in a reasonable amount of time, please email your teacher to receive additional support and advice on how to best manage the tasks in Moodle.

A: Teachers will be available M-F to answer emails from both students and parents, and some may set up other forms of communication. You can always email them and expect a response within 24 hours.

A: Some of the work will be graded for completion. Other material will be evaluated for quality and correctness. As a parent, you will not be required to grade anything, but you may be asked to sign off on certain tasks (e.g. reading for a certain amount of time per day) to ensure that they were completed.

Monitoring student progress remains integral to the success of any instructional program. In the current environment, monitoring also helps diagnose whether newly implemented remote instructional methods and materials are successful. Assessing student mastery allows educators to adjust and adapt methods and materials as appropriate. Effective monitoring includes determining grades for students and determining whether students have demonstrated proficiency in knowledge and skills cataloged in the student expectations or other subject-specific standards.

LIH will continue monitoring student progress through the lens of three different types of assessments:

  • Formative Assessments measure student performance on specific student expectations immediately following instruction to inform a teacher’s instructional choices, adjustments to unit plans, or changes to lessons.
  • Interim Assessments or benchmarks measure a student’s understanding of a broader span of student expectations at the end of a quarter or semester, or midpoint of a curricular unit, to monitor progress, predict summative performance, and identify students for intervention.
  • Summative Assessments measure mastery of a broad span of knowledge and skills at the end of an instructional unit or school year to prove learning occurred, evaluate long-term retention, and determine the effectiveness of a program.

LIH has also created structures and schedules for student-teacher conferences for student support and the teachers will execute and track those student-teacher conferences.

A: LIH provides a remote learning plan through Moodle. Moodle will document the time spent preparing, teaching, and working with the children. Moodle will track logins and other usage metrics. The purpose of instructional continuity is to maximize the amount of instructional time for students this school year and support student mastery of grade level standards.

A: The school will not be open for students to get things out of their lockers. Anything a student needs will be scanned for them and sent by email or available for pick-up as a packet from the campus.

A: The Latest News and Newsletter will be used for continuous updates. We will also, update the website at https://www.lihouston.org/coronavirus/.

Additionally, LIH will share any updated information via social media channels.

A: No confirmed cases.

A: Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart, immune deficiency, cancer, or lung disease. Why? You have a higher chance of complications COVID-19 in one of these areas.

A: Currently, there is not a vaccine for 2019 nCoV

A: Diagnosis occurs through laboratory testing of respiratory specimens and serum (blood). Some coronavirus strains cause the common cold and patients tested by their health care provider may test positive for these types. The 2019 nCoV strain can only be detected at a public health laboratory.

A: People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs, talks, sneezes or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 6 feet away from a person who is sick.

Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be transmitted through the air?
Studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air. See previous answer on “How does COVID-19 spread?”

Can COVID-19 be caught from a person who has no symptoms?
Check facts: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/transmission.html

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

A: People who are infected with 2019 nCoV have developed mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and potentially respiratory distress. There are many types of illnesses that can cause these types of respiratory symptoms. Individuals who have these symptoms and have had traveled to Wuhan, China or have had close contact with someone with 2019 nCoV should be medically evaluated.

A: No. 2019 nCoV is not the same coronavirus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012, but is similar in that it is causing respiratory illness.

A: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

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