Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

This new coronavirus produces symptoms that include cough, fever and breathing difficulties.  People usually recover from this virus, but it can be especially dangerous for people who have compromised immune systems or who are already in poor health.

Like most respiratory viruses, this new coronavirus is spread from person to person through saliva or through droplets in the air when someone coughs or sneezes. With the new coronavirus, people appear to get sick in a time frame of a couple of days to two weeks after being exposed. Health authorities now believe that it can be spread by someone who has the virus but does not yet have symptoms.  That’s why it’s so important to practice good basic hygiene.

  • Stay home when you are sick.  If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, do not attend class. We are collaborating with the deans and faculty on guidelines for accommodating students who are ill. Sick faculty and staff should not come to campus either. We urge you to work with your dean, department head or supervisor to coordinate coverage of your responsibilities.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including the coronavirus.  In fact, touching your face to put on and take off a mask can increase your risk of infection.  Students with cold or flu symptoms who seek medical treatment at the Barnes Center at The Arch (the campus health clinic) will be asked to wear masks.  We recommend that anyone experiencing symptoms that do not require medical attention stay home.
  • Students exhibiting any of the coronavirus symptoms should call the Barnes Center at The Arch at 315.443.8000 and then follow the instructions health professionals there give you. Faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician immediately.

It is hard to differentiate this virus from other respiratory illnesses. If you exhibit symptoms of fever, breathing difficulties or cough, contact the Barnes Center at The Arch at 315.443.8000 (if a student) or your health care provider. A laboratory test can determine if a coronavirus is causing symptoms.

Like with any viral illness, treatment includes rest and drinking plenty of fluids.  A room humidifier may help to ease the cough or sore throat, and over-the-counter pain or fever medications can relieve symptoms.

If you suspect that you have been in close contact with someone who contracted the virus and you exhibit any of the symptoms listed below, please contact the Barnes Center at The Arch (315.443.8000) if you are a student. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact their primary care physician.

The University is requiring anyone who travels to an affected region during this temporary restriction to refrain from returning to any University building or facility for a period of 14 days to allow for self-monitoring for any coronavirus symptoms.

For our graduating seniors, we are working to build pathways to graduate enrollment, allowing them to keep their visas and advance their education. For matriculated students, we are identifying summer housing, classes and work opportunities, should they choose to stay in Syracuse.

While we still have more than two months left in the Spring 2020 semester, we are already preparing for the arrival of our new students. Many international students planning to attend Syracuse University in the fall are already seeking the University’s support in anticipation of their arrival. As such, Student Experience, particularly the Center for International Services, Academic Affairs and others are working to provide personalized support to those individuals beginning their academic careers at Syracuse later this year.