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Coronavirus FAQs

General Information

What is novel coronavirus?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes it is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. (Source CDC fact sheet) 

How is the novel coronavirus spread?
The novel coronavirus is spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (termed respiratory secretions). 

What are the symptoms of the novel coronavirus?
A cough, difficulty breathing, and fever are symptoms that may develop in 14 days after exposure to the novel coronavirus. 

How can I get up-to-date information on the novel coronavirus?
To minimize disinformation, we suggest relying only on trusted sources of information like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  Specifically, you can find information on the virus, tips for minimizing exposure, and symptoms at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html 

Is there a vaccine for the novel coronavirus?
No there is currently not a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, so we recommend that all members of our university community take common sense steps to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These steps include washing your hands often, covering your cough or sneeze, avoiding touching your face, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects.  If you feel unwell, stay at home and monitor your symptoms. 

Do face masks protect the general public from infection with novel coronavirus?
New research indicates that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used. Surgical masks are recommended only for those working in a healthcare environment. 

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. 

The best way to protect yourself from respiratory illness is by adhering to everyday preventive actions, including avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 


Novel Coronavirus in Grenada

What is Grenada’s current State of Emergency status and COVID-19 regulations? 
Frequent updates on Grenada’s current State of Emergency status can be found on the Ministry of Health Facebook page, and the Ministry of Health website. 

How is SGU monitoring updates on novel coronavirus?
St. George’s University has an organized coronavirus preparedness team and is monitoring the situation real time in concert with the Government of Grenada.  This is a cross-functional team that is following a tested preparedness model to plan, prepare and respond to the confirmed cases on the island. The University is also working closely in partnership with the Grenada Minister of Health to stay abreast of the situation in Grenada. 

How will the University handle suspected cases of novel coronavirus?
To minimize the potential for spreading the virus, we have notified members of the university community that they should self-quarantine if symptoms develop and contact the University Health Services clinic. 

Are there any cases on island and where can I find that information?
For an update on laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases in Grenada please visit the Ministry of Health website. 

What measures have the government of Grenada put in place to limit the spread of the virus? 

  • The Government of Grenada continues to follow standards and measures set by world health organizations. 
  • Robust public education and awareness continues, targeting most at-risk populations (especially the elderly and immunosuppressed persons).  
  • Surveillance and monitoring of active cases are on-going. 
  • Preparing medical staff and building general capacity to quarantine, isolate and treat with suspected and confirmed cases of the COVID-19 
  • Citizens are encouraged to wash their hands frequently or use hand sanitizer, wear a mask and adhere to 6ft social distancing when out in public. 

Minimizing Novel Coronavirus Infection and Steps to Take if Symptoms are Present

What steps can I take to minimize my risk of infection to the novel coronavirus?
There are common sense steps you can take to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus.  These steps include washing your hands often, covering your cough or sneeze, avoiding touching your face, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects.  If you feel unwell, stay at home and monitor your symptoms. 

What should members of the University community on campus do if they have symptoms?  
A cough, difficulty breathing, and fever are symptoms that may develop in 14 days after exposure to the novel coronavirus. If you display these symptoms or believe that you have been exposed through travel or contact with a confirmed case, do not go to the University Health Services clinic. Find a room or area where you can be isolated behind a shut door and call +1 (473) 444-4671 or email clinic@sgu.edu for further advice. Students on clinical rotations should follow the guidance of their respective hospitals. 

What should clinical students do if they have symptoms?
A cough, difficulty breathing, and fever are symptoms that may develop in 14 days after exposure to the novel coronavirus. If you display these symptoms or believe that you have been exposed through travel or contact with a confirmed case, isolate yourself and follow the guidance of your hospital. 

Will the University be providing face masks on campus?
The CDC has updated its recommendation to include guidance on wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used. Make your own mask at home. Any supplies of surgical masks should be reserved for those working in a healthcare environment. 


Travel Impacts to SGU Community

Has SGU implemented travel restrictions?
The University is following the guidelines established by the Government of Grenada. Grenada’s borders are currently closed and the government has not yet provided an update on the reopening of its borders.  

What travel restrictions are in place for Grenada?
Grenada’s borders are presently closed. For more information on borders reopening please visit the Ministry of Health website. 

I have travel planned in the upcoming days/weeks/months. Should I cancel?
St. George’s University is following the travel guidance established by the Government of Grenada. Grenada’s borders are currently closed, and the government has not yet provided an update on the reopening of its borders. For more information on borders reopening in Grenada please visit the Ministry of Health website. 

We know these restrictions may disrupt your academic, business and personal plans. We appreciate that this is a stressful time for you and your loved ones. We are dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of our community while also giving each of you the most support and information we have available. 

Should students scheduling interviews reschedule?
SGU does not anticipate interview schedules to be impacted at this time. Students should continue to schedule their admissions interviews, which are now being conducted virtually. 

Updated 5/28/20