Novel coronavirus, now called COVID-19, has captured global attention as cases have appeared around the world, beginning in late 2019. This information is being provided to keep students, faculty and staff apprised of this evolving situation, and we will update it as needed with information relevant to the campus community.
PC has an active pandemic response that we are following as part of our comprehensive emergency management plan. We are closely watching developments nationally and internationally relating to COVID-19, we are working with local health officials, and will keep the college community informed as necessary.
What are the symptoms COVID-19?
Symptoms of coronavirus are similar to flu or colds and may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, runny nose, headache, sore throat, and general feeling of being unwell.
What can I do to prevent COVID-19 infection?
Currently, the risk to general public is low, but here are some steps you can take to prevent infection:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol concentration or greater if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
• Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
• Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.
What should I do if I think I am infected?
According to Harvard Medical School:
Call your health care provider first for advice. It’s far more likely to be the flu or another viral illness. If you do not have a doctor and you are concerned that you may have coronavirus, contact your local board of health. They can direct you to the best place for evaluation and treatment in your area. Only people with symptoms of severe respiratory illness should seek medical care in the ER. Severe symptoms are rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, high or very low temperatures, confusion, trouble breathing, severe dehydration. Call ahead to tell the ER that you are coming so they can be prepared for your arrival.
Concern over the spread of coronavirus has resulted in incidents of bias and harassment against people of Asian heritage within our state. Peninsula College is committed to equity and inclusion, and will not tolerate harassment against individuals or groups of any nationality. For more on coronavirus and stigma, visit http://bit.ly/2PwZI4e.