February 4 Moody Community COVID-19 Update
Dear Moody Family,
With the World Health Organization and U.S. officials recently declaring a health emergency regarding the outbreak of the new coronavirus, I want to assure you that leadership at Moody is closely monitoring the situation and news outlets, as well as updates from the Centers for Disease Control and local public health authorities. The guidance we are receiving is that aside from typical precautions during flu season, there is currently no need to take any special actions.
As followers of Christ, we do not fear or panic, but pray and stay prepared. Preventive measures continue to be the best course of action, so here is information our Health Services and Public Safety teams have collected for our campus communities.
What is the coronavirus? The 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus identified in December 2019 as the cause of an outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. People who get sick with 2019-nCoV develop mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Illness can begin 2 to 14 days after an exposure. Although this virus likely emerged from an animal source, it can also spread from person-to-person.
What is the CDC’s recommendations for college campuses? Moody has not been instructed to use masks or gloves, nor implement social distancing, avoid mass gatherings, or alter schedules. Hand sanitizers continue to be strategically placed around campus, signs are posted in restrooms reminding people of the importance of hand washing as a means of prevention for cold and flu, and Facilities is wiping down door knobs, elevator buttons, handrails, and other surfaces. Students who have traveled overseas to China and are well are not restricted from school or any public activities.
What are preventative measures individuals should take?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Wipe down phone, keyboard, and other frequently touched surfaces with disinfecting wipes.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you are on the Chicago campus and have any health-related questions, Moody’s Health Services is open Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–noon, and 1–4 p.m. They can also be reached at (312) 329-4417. To learn more about the coronavirus, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Thank you for your commitment to helping maintain a safe and healthy environment by following preventative measures.