Many have been trying to stop the virus that's gone viral and LSU has just joined the cause.
LSU officially announced Thursday they are now monitoring students for the Novel Coronavirus.
The viral infection from China has been a massive discussion since late 2019.
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar says “Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in the rest of mainland China within the previous 14 days will undergo proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry.”
LSU is directing any students with potential infection to the Student Health Center.
Medical director Nelson Perret is urging anyone who's traveled from China in the last 21 days to seek help immediately.
Perret says “on our intake questionnaire we asked everybody if they’ve traveled out of the country within the last 21 days. We’ve extended a little more than the 14 requested by the CDC just to be sure we catch everybody.”
Students around campus had varying thoughts about LSU’s monitoring plan of the Coronavirus.
LSU student Carly says, “I just think that you never really know if you can get it or not so just taking the step forward making sure you don’t have it it also prevents other people from getting it.”
LSU student Victoria says, “Especially with Christmas break people are traveling. It really makes me feel better that the campus is taking a proactive step.”
LSU student Maddi says, “We’re on a college campus, if one person gets sick a million people get sick so it’s always good to take care of your health.”
For those who've steered clear of the infection so far, the best thing you can do is continue to take care of yourself, keep up with your hygiene.
Perret says “Don’t cough on people, use tissue paper when you blow your nose and throw it away in a proper receptacle and wash your hands after. That goes a long way toward preventing respiratory illnesses.”
If you think you may have the Coronavirus and you're worried about containing it make sure you check into the Student Health Center.