What is Coronavirus / COVID-19 Disease?

COVID-19 (formerly known as novel coronavirus) is a newly identified virus that is causing an outbreak of moderate to severe pneumonia illness. It was identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Currently, there are cases reported in many other countries, including the United States. The CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declare the outbreak as a public health concern due to fact that the virus is new and much is still unknown about treatment and prevention. At this time, the risk of contracting the virus within the United States is low, but the CDC is monitoring the situation closely.

You may read more about COVID-19 on the CDC’s website, including many preventative actions you can take now.

Centers for Disease Control

COVID-19 CDC page

World Health Organization

Preventative Tips


Preventative Measures

Community mitigation strategies are crucial to slowing the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). All individuals should continue to take the following basic personal-hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the virus:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer;
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
  • avoid handshakes;
  • avoid contact with sick people who are sick; and
  • stay home when you are sick.

Social distancing is a public health safety intervention used to reduce the likelihood of transmitting communicable disease which involves minimizing exposure to others, maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others. While social distancing is purposeful at times, it may present uncomfortable interactions. We ask that everyone try to practice social distancing - with compassion and respect.

For more information on emotional and mental health:
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Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

What to do if you get sick

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. 
    • CCS students may call Henry Ford Hospital 313-874-7500 or Detroit Medical Center 313.745.3000
    • If you live on campus call Resident Life at 313.664.7879
    • Others may contact their health care provider by phone 
    • Avoid contact with others
    • Do not attend classes while sick
    • Contact the CCS  Wellness Center by phone only
  • Cover your mouth with a mask, tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Mental Health Resources — including coping with stress — contact CCS Wellness Center 313.664.7830

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public