From Health Services | Feb. 26, 2020

Dear WPU Community,

Dr. Hardin-Lee and other university officials continue to stay current on coronavirus updates.  Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted Americans to begin to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, saying it’s not clear when it will arrive and how severe an outbreak could become. The CDC advised that disruption to everyday life could be significant and suggested that businesses, schools and families have discussions about the potential impact.

Wellness Center staff are available to answer questions and can be reached at

The following is from our University Physician, Dr. Hardin-Lee: 

Traveling for Spring Break- How do I protect myself from coronavirus, influenza, the common cold?

  1. Get plenty of rest – skipping sleep lowers your immune system.
  2. Get travel size hand sanitizer- use before eating, after touching common areas
  3. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose
  4. Avoid touching face and mouth without washing your hands first
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  6. Vitamin C- 1000mg, probiotics, airborne- any supplement may be helpful
  7. Limit overindulgence in alcoholic beverages- lowers your immune system
  8. Get a thermometer to take with you- if you are feeling ill monitor temperature
  9. If you are sick stay away from others- stay in your room- use over the counter meds to treat symptoms.  If you find your symptoms worsening despite these over the counter medications or if you feel that you have gotten sicker more rapidly than expected then seek medical care.

Protocol for what to do if you are feeling ill? Information to share with your medical provider:

  1. What are your symptoms- sore throat, cough, head congestion, shortness of breath or chest congestion, nausea, rash, headache, fever/chills, body aches?
  2. When did it start?  What symptoms did you have first?
  3. Have you traveled?  Did you fly or drive or take a cruise?
  4. Any travel to China, Asia (South Korea, Japan, Thailand all with cases)  Virus also now in Italy.
  5. Any exposure to people who have had Flu?  Strep?  Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea?

Symptoms of the coronavirus are same as symptoms of influenza (FLU) so the difference is the history- travel and sick exposures.  If you have travel history or exposure to coronavirus then need to call ahead to hospital.  Wear a mask if you experiencing  fever and cough.

NC Poison Control taking state calls about coronavirus 

The toll-free number to the Coronavirus Line is 1-866-462-3821.  Nurses and pharmacists answer the calls 24/7.

People infected with the coronavirus can experience symptoms like those of the common cold to more serious respiratory illness.  Reported symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  The spread of the virus is thought to occur from person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs.

Even though infection is unlikely, there are some everyday steps you can take to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose if you haven’t washed your hands.

You can also visit for more information.

Please stay safe and well, Pacers!