Understanding Coronavirus: What Schools Need to Know

On January 30, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) a public health emergency of global concern. On January 31, the Trump administration announced new travel restrictions for people who have been in China recently. Specifically, the government will prohibit all foreign nationals (other than permanent residents and immediate family of U.S. citizens) who have been to China in the last 14 days from entering the U.S. Additionally, starting on February 2, 2020, U.S. citizens returning to the country will face quarantine restrictions if they have been in Hubei province, China in the past 14 days. U.S. citizens who have been to other parts of China will face “proactive entry screening” and may be monitored and asked to self-quarantine. Additionally, a number of major airlines announced that they would be cancelling flights to and from China, and remaining flights from China will enter the U.S. at a select few airports. 

The WHO website is an excellent resource for information about the virus as well  as general information on the Coronaviruses (CoV) family of viruses; this very brief video explains the virus, and this brief infographic includes best practices for prevention of infectious disease including coronavirus.  

This interactive from Johns Hopkins University provides details on the number of confirmed cases of nCoV, total deaths, and the number of people who’ve recovered, by city. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website is also a resource for updates on nCoV (including general travel tips and advice on traveling to China) as well as general information on nCoV. It covers symptoms and diagnosis, transmission, and prevention and treatment.

The U.S. State Department has issued a level 4 advisory for China (do not travel) due to the spread of the virus and the likelihood that travel restrictions will be enacted with little or no warning. The U.S. Embassy in China continues to provide nCoV updates as does the U.S. State Department Overseas Security Advisory Council

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