Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 regarding health and wellness.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may include the following:
Important: Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, emergency room, or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the virus is currently believed to spread in two ways:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, however this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading easily and sustainably in the community.
Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
You may be able to reduce the risk of spread of coronaviruses by taking the same steps as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold:
Masks are not required on Drake's campus at this time. Individuals who choose to wear a mask are encouraged and supported to do so. The exception to this is for individuals following isolation protocols.
The University’s custodial cleaning program uses an EPA-registered disinfectant to clean touch points, public and common areas, restrooms, and kitchens daily.
We understand that some community members are concerned. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through Student Counseling Services. Faculty and staff can utilize the Employee Assistance Program.
You can help prevent the spread of colds and other viral ailments by doing the following:
As with any disaster, the novel coronavirus outbreak presents an added layer of stress and worry for members of our Drake community who have personal connections to the affected area. This is a critically-important time for all of us to reinforce a community of care on our campus and support one another.