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Tennessee State University student tests positive for COVID-19

Posted: 6:13 AM, Mar 22, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-22 07:13:54-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee State University said one of its students has tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

According to the university, the student did not live on campus and has been at home in self-isolation for several days while receiving care for the virus.

TSU is in the process of notifying anyone who had contact with the student.

On Monday, all residence halls and academic buildings will be cleaned.

TSU moved to online instruction last week. The university said most students have left the campus and employees are working remotely.

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • 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 frequently touched objects and surfaces.