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Coronavirus update

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. (Image courtesy of the CDC)

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, the university has been monitoring the situation, will continue to do so and is sharing the following information to raise awareness and inform the university community. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. If you have been in China in the last two weeks or know someone who may have novel coronavirus and you have symptoms, please call your health care provider so they can make arrangements for you to be assessed. More information is available on the CDC's 2019-nCoV factsheet.

On a local level, the Chicago Department of Public Health has reassured the general public the risk of the virus spreading still remains low. Chicago’s first case was a woman who had traveled to Wuhan, China. The second case is her spouse, the first case of human-to-human transmission in the United States. You can read more information in a City of Chicago press release.

For those who plan to travel, please note that the CDC has issued a travel warning of level 3 - avoid nonessential travel - for the entire country of China. The United States Department of State issued a travel warning of level 4 - do not travel - for China. 

There are simple preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
The university would like to ensure all members of our DePaul family who are from or have personal ties to east and southeast Asia feel supported. You are important and valued members of our community.

If you have questions or concerns please email the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at or visit Student Affairs' Health and Wellness website