About COVID-19

What is Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Visit the CDC COVID-19 website for more information.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The following symptoms which range from mild to severe may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Visit the CDC COVID-19 website for more information.

Who is at risk for contracting the virus?

As of March 6, according to the CDC:

  • For most individuals exposed to the virus, the immediate health risk is low.
  • Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected locations under CDC Level 3 Travel Health Advisory are at elevated risk of exposure.
    • Level 3 locations include:
      • China
      • Italy
      • Iran
      • South Korea

What should I do if I’m not feeling well?

Signs and symptoms of coronavirus and influenza are very similar. Students who are running a fever and have a mild-to-severe respiratory illness, with a cough, sore throat, and/or difficulty breathing, should call Winslow Health Center at (814) 332-4355 to set up an appointment to be seen by a physician or nurse practitioner as soon as possible. Winslow Health Center is in close communication with the Meadville Medical Center, who is able to support the College if any cases are identified.