2019 Novel Coronavirus
The College has been closely following the public health situation regarding an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a novel strain of coronavirus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety and health of LIM College’s students, faculty, administrators, and staff are the top concern. We have assembled a team involving multiple college offices to monitor, plan, and respond.
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild illness like a cold to more serious illness like pneumonia. The virus is likely to be spread from person to person, but it currently unclear how easily it spreads. A "novel coronavirus" is a strain that has not previously been found in humans.
Symptoms related to COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially in infants, older individuals, and in those with underlying health conditions.
While there is still much that is unknown about this virus, we know what we can do to reduce our risk for infection:
- Wash your hands often, especially after you’ve touched someone who is sick, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- If you have cold and cough symptoms, make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes by using the crook of your arm or using disposable tissues and dispose of them in the trash.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the links below: