coronavirus

The Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

KVCC is in close, regular contact with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) concerning the recent coronavirus outbreak that originated in central China. It’s important to note that Maine has no confirmed or suspected cases associated with the 2019 coronavirus.

These sites contain a wealth of up-to-date information about the coronavirus:

Maine CDC Coronavirus Guidance: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus

U.S. CDC Coronavirus site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The College has also partnered with MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta to help answer any general flu or coronavirus-specific questions or concerns you might have. Members of the KVCC community should contact the Safety and Security Department at 453-5811 (KV11) to be put in touch with MaineGeneral’s Infection Preventionist.

General Flu Information and Prevention

Although the coronavirus does constitute a special area of concern, more common strains of flu and related illnesses are serious enough that we should all take the following flu tips and facts to heart.

What is influenza (flu)?

The flu is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. Illness is usually mild or moderate, not requiring hospitalization. However, at times flu can be severe, even leading to death. It is not the same as the “stomach flu.”

What are the symptoms?

Flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, and body aches. These symptoms usually begin suddenly and might be severe enough to stop your daily activities.

How is the flu different from a cold?

Colds are generally less serious than the flu. With a cold, you’re more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose, while the flu causes body aches, fever, and extreme tiredness. A person with a cold can usually conduct their normal activities, but someone with the flu can’t. Flu can result in serious health problems like pneumonia, bacterial infections, and hospitalization.

What can I do to protect myself and others?

  • Consider a flu vaccination
  • Avoid being around others who are sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based, waterless hand sanitizer
  • What do I do if I think I have the flu?
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid contact with others
  • Rest and drink lots of fluids
  • Go to the doctor or the emergency room if you are having difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, experiencing sudden dizziness, or having severe or persistent vomiting

Additional hand sanitizer stations and free, personal sanitizers are available throughout both campuses, for your safety and convenience.

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