University is Monitoring Coronavirus (Tips for Spring Break)

Feb. 18, 2020

As the University continues to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, we are writing to encourage you to be smart regarding spring break travel plans. The Centers for Disease Control has released a Spring Break Travel Website.   

In light of the outbreak, the CDC is currently recommending all travelers avoid nonessential travel to China. The State Department has issued a Level 4 travel advisory to China, which asks travelers not to go to China. There have been confirmed cases of coronavirus outside of China, including cases in the United States. All of the current cases have had some link to the outbreak in China. As a point of reference, Johns Hopkins University created a global map of coronavirus cases website.  

The State Department provides information regarding travel advisories. These advisories include both health and safety concerns.

Student Health Services is in direct communication with the District of Columbia Department of Health and other officials sharing information and resources. As of Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in our region. The CDC continues to consider the immediate health risk to the American public to be low at this time.  

As with most illnesses, strong preventative public health measures help to diminish the impact of the virus. Your best defense in preventing any illness is following these recommendations:

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of any tissue immediately after use.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water and/or use alcohol-based hands cleaners.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
  • If you become ill following your return from a trip, please see your healthcare provider.

University is Monitoring Coronavirus (No Risk Identified for Campus Community)

Jan. 29, 2020

The University’s Emergency Management Plan provides for an Incident Management Team (IMT). The IMT convened to monitor the news regarding the Novel Coronavirus. The Incident Management Team consists of Student Health Services, Department of Public Safety, and Environmental Health and Safety.  

The IMT has reviewed the University population and other factors related to this infection.  We have not identified any risk to the campus community at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

For more information regarding the Novel Coronavirus, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control at the following link: CDC Novel Coronavirus.  

The following measures are recommended to help maintain good health.

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of any tissue immediately after use.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water and/or use alcohol-based hands cleaners.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.  

The Catholic University of America Department of Public Safety (DPS) notifies the University community when crimes are reported to DPS or the Metropolitan Police Department, or poses a threat to the CUA community, in a manner consistent with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.