Coronavirus FAQ

  • Currently the virus has been identified in people who have traveled from the Hubei province (including Hunan) in China. The outbreak seems to have started in the beginning of December. Entry traveler screening at US airports started on January 17 at three airports and has increased to include additional airports. So far, the only people in the US who have the infection have traveled from that area. 
  • NC State emphasizes the CDC message that 2019-nCoV poses little risk to persons in the U.S. and personnel at NC State. If you have not visited the affected region or had close contact with someone who has visited the affected region, you are at minimal risk of exposure to this illness.  

  • NC State has extensive plans in place for handling communicable diseases of concern. Since coronavirus is acting much like a contagious respiratory illness, the plans call for increased communications among programs, making sure supplies are stocked if they are needed, and coordination between the university and local and state authorities. Many of these steps have been ongoing since mid-January. 
  • The main focus is to limit the exposure of students, faculty and staff and to know if or when there is a confirmed case on campus. If there is a case, we will take measures to prevent the spread to others. 

In order to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you are ill. If you are unable to attend class, we encourage you to work with your professor directly on absences due to illness. 

Based on guidance from the CDC, there is no evidence to recommend changes in how classes are conducted at this time. However, course instructors may choose to substitute or augment class discussion with videos or online learning tools in order to limit face-to-face time in a classroom.

The CDC has elevated the travel advisory to Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel to Hubei Province, China, including Wuhan. If traveling on University business, travelers should follow University policies regarding safety.  People traveling on personal business should follow the CDC website closely for updates and changes. 

The best way to stay informed is to refer to the following websites: for health information and global risk assessment follow the CDC website. For NC State campus updates refer to the Student Health Service website.

Many have had to change plans because of travel restrictions and changes in the availability of visas, flights, etc. However, for those individuals who have been able to travel, we ask that they take simple precautions: practice good hand hygiene and self monitor for illness (cough, shortness of breath and/or fever). If they become ill – especially within 14 days of arrival from China – they should seek medical care immediately.

There are several Urgent Care Centers close to campus: RX Urgent Care and Wake Med Urgent Care are both on Blue Ridge Road near UNC Rex Hospital.  

Students scheduled for study abroad programs in China should be in close communications with the program leaders. Per NC State’s Regulation on student international travel (REG 02.55.01), given the CDC and Department of State elevated advisories, all NC State study abroad programs and activities in China have been suspended until further notice. Students should reach out to their study abroad program leaders for further guidance as it becomes available.