Salisbury University’s Student Health Services continues to actively monitor the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected and identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. There are currently no confirmed cases in Maryland or at Salisbury University.

The Health Center is in communication with local county and state health officials and will share information on this web page as it becomes available.

Campus Communications

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, a campus wide email was sent to the entire University community about influenza and coronavirus.

Staff from the health center met with all the new incoming international students on Friday, January 24, 2020.

President Wight addressed the campus community about the virus on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, during the Town Hall event.

The Janet Dudley-Eshbach Center for International Education is in regular contact with the Chinese students at SU to monitor their physical and emotional well-being at this time of great distress in their home country. 

Salisbury University has no students studying abroad in China during the spring 2020 semester.  On January 30, 2020 the US Department of State raised the Travel Advisory for China to Level 3: Reconsider Travel.  Salisbury University has a long-standing policy of not supporting university-sponsored travel to countries with Level 3 Travel Warnings.

The university is maintaining normal operations. All classes and events will be held as scheduled.

Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus

What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. While CDC considers this is a serious public health concern, based on current information, the immediate health risk from a coronavirus to the general American public is considered low at this time. For additional information visit the CDC website.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may be similar to the common cold or influenza, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or up to 14 days after exposure.

How is it transmitted?
Coronavirus is spread from animals to humans, as well as from person-to-person. It’s unclear, however, how easily the virus spreads between people.

How is it treated?
There is currently no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for the virus. The CDC 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. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces frequently.

What is the travel guidance for those traveling to and from China?
The CDC recommends that travelers avoid non-essential travel to China. Individuals who have traveled to China in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, should seek medical care right away.

Salisbury University currently has no students studying abroad in China, and there is no study abroad programming in China for spring 2020.

Can Student Health Services screen for possible cases?
All testing for coronavirus will be coordinated through the CDC, by communicating with the local and state health departments. The CDC advises that individuals call ahead and notify their healthcare provider of symptoms and recent travel history. Contact with others should be avoided until a healthcare provider has provided an evaluation.

Should I wear a mask?
Wearing a mask may assist in preventing the spread of a virus.  Research on the use of masks in public for prevention purposes is ongoing.  It is not unusual to see individuals in public wearing masks.  This does not indicate that they are infected; in most cases masks are worn as a precaution.

Additional Resources

Contact Student Health at 410-543-6262 for more information.