Coronavirus

What is coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory disease. It was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Additional information about this emerging disease can be found at the CDC.

What is the current status of the coronavirus health crisis as it relates to Loyola?

Loyola is working closely with Ochsner Health System, one of the best in the country, to help us with our planning for the Fall 2020 semester and to continue to run our student health clinic. Currently, all Loyola faculty and staff who are able to are working remotely from home, and we are offering summer courses available to students online. Please review our Return to Work page for more information about how we are planning to return to campus safely in the fall. 

How many confirmed cases of COVID-19 are there in New Orleans?

 For the most immediate updates on the spread of COVID-19, we recommend these resources: 

You can also text COVIDNOLA to 888777 to receive alerts from NOLA Ready. 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pains
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Digestive issues or diarrhea
  • New loss of smell or taste

Currently, the CDC believes that symptoms appear between 2-14 days after exposure. Coronavirus can be transmitted person-to-person. Additional information about coronavirus symptoms can be found on the CDC website.

What should I do if I am presenting the symptoms of coronavirus?

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you have been exposed to someone with the illness, contact your health provider or call the Ochsner Help Line at 1.800.232.5257 for free nursing advice. Review our Daily Symptom Assessment for a full list of identified COVID-19 symptoms.

What is the incubation period?

The current evidence suggests a typical incubation period (time from exposure of the virus to the development of symptoms) is 2 to 14 days.

What is the treatment for coronavirus?

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 are treated with supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

Should we be wearing face masks?

Masks should be worn while on Loyola's campus and in public settings. View our full policy for wearing face masks/coverings.

How do I prevent coronavirus?

While there is still much that is unknown about the virus, we know what we can do to reduce our risk for infection from many infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water thoroughly, for 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • This helps to contain your germs without contaminating your hands. Use a tissue over your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and dispose of dirty tissues immediately.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth since germs spread this way.
  • Do not share drinks or eating utensils with anyone.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces that may be contaminated with germs like the flu, such as doorknobs, keyboards, and phones.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Get an adequate amount of sleep/rest.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids.

What is social distancing? How do I do it?

Social distancing is a public health safety intervention used to reduce the likelihood of transmitting communicable disease. Social distancing involves minimizing exposure to infected individuals by avoiding large public gathering venues, adhering to spacing requirements in the workplace, and following proper personal hygiene practices. Review our guide for proper social distancing while on Loyola's campus.

What if I have scheduled travel overseas?

Travel to any countries with a CDC warning level 3 must be approved by the Provost. The virus continues to emerge in countries beyond China where it was first discovered. Travel restrictions can change without much warning, so all travelers are encouraged to stay aware. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to assess the viability of any pre-existing travel plans, especially to any countries on the CDC watch/alert list, and to countries with new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

What happens if there is a confirmed case on campus?

If a case of COVID-19 virus is confirmed, then CDC protocols will be followed. This includes notifying the community. Those who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by the Louisiana Department of Health.

How do I stay up to date on this situation?

Updates will be posted on this website. Major notifications and announcements may also be shared via email. Be sure to check your university email on a regular basis.