COVID-19

In our desire to protect the health and safety of our community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the HBCU Wellness Program is providing resources to help prevent the exposure and spread of COVID-19.

OVERVIEW OF COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. 

 

What are the symptoms?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all possible symptoms. 

 

How does the virus spread?

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. You can contact your local health department, or the links below for additional information regarding COVID-19 resources.

Contact

Phone: 615-327-5916               Email: hbcuwellnesstn@gmail.com

 

 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard Nashville, TN 37208

HBCU Wellness Project is located on the second floor of the Old Hospital,

in the West Wing, Suite 248.

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