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COVID-19 Q & A - 2020


​On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the current outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19.​ The university has been monitoring the situation, will continue to do so and is sharing the following information to raise awareness and inform the university community.​​

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Source:  CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

​What are the current recommendations surrounding recent travel from China?

Due to recent acceleration of COVID-19 transmission across China and in accordance with current federal guidance, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends any student, faculty or staff member returning from mainland China on February 3, 2020 and onward should NOT attend school or work for 14 days after the return date.  If you are traveling or returned from mainland China on or after February 3, please contact the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at hpw@depaul.edu or 773-325-7129 as soon as possible.  Absences for this purpose will be excused and alternate arrangements will be made for teleworking and online school assignments, if possible.

Students, faculty or staff members who returned from mainland China prior to February 3, 2020 can remain in school and work. Individuals who returned from mainland China between January 21, 2020-February 2, 2020 and develop respiratory symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, should immediately contact their healthcare provider so they can make arrangements for you to be assessed. As soon as you are able, CDPH also recommends you inform the university at hpw@depaul.edu or 773-325-7129.  ​

​What is the current status of COVID-19 in Chicago?

On a local level, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has reassured the general public that the risk of the virus spreading still remains low.  On January 30, CDPH announced the second case of the COVID-19 here in Chicagoland – the sixth in the country. Our first case was a woman who had traveled to Wuhan, China. This case is her spouse, the first case of human-to-human transmission in the United States. On February 15, it was announced that the two Chicago-area patients have recovered and were released from home isolation. Read more here.

​Continue to find status updates on COVID-19 in Chicago here​.

What are some best practices for minimizing infectious diseases?  

We are always working to educate the campus community about best practices for minimizing the spread of any infectious disease, whether it would be the flu or COVID-19.  It's always a good idea to practice good hand-washing and basic hygiene. That cuts down on the risk of person-to-person spread of many infectious diseases.

What should I know if I am planning for international travel?  

For those of you who are planning international travel, please visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/china#travel-notices for the most recent notices related to this virus.

Where can I go for more information on COVID-19?  


​​Who do I contact if I have questions/concerns or need to report a confirmed case?

​​​If you have questions or concerns, or if you learn of a confirmed case of COVID-19​ at DePaul University, whether student, faculty or staff, email HPW@depaul.edu​ or contact Shannon Suffoletto at 773-325-7129.