Auburn monitoring coronavirus

Auburn University has no known cases of coronavirus but is closely monitoring developments in the global outbreak of the new strain, known as the 2019-nCoV. In an effort to keep you informed on the latest information available, please visit the links below:

Feb. 10, 2020

Professors Robert A. Norton, Ken Macklin and Ruediger Hauck provide an update and fact sheet about coronavirus on the Alabama Extension website. The site includes a downloadable PDF file.

Jan. 31, 2020

Due to continuing concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus, Auburn is temporarily suspending all university travel to China for students, faculty and staff. University officials also encourage all students, faculty and staff who have returned from China in the past 14 days or been exposed to someone who is ill and who has traveled to China in the past 14 days to call the Auburn Medical Clinic at 334-844-6125. Click here to read more about this story.

Jan. 30, 2020

The State Department is advising travelers to avoid trips to China due to the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. On Jan. 30, the World Health Organization determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China.

Jan. 28, 2020

Dr. Marilyn Bulloch, Harrison School of Pharmacy

With the appearance of the coronavirus in the United States, there are a number of questions regarding what the disease is, how it is transmitted, who is vulnerable and how it is treated. Dr. Marilyn Bulloch, associate clinical professor in the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice, provides comments on what is known about coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.


There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Currently, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading in the U.S., so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take.

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Symptoms and transmission:

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

If you travel to/through Wuhan or other parts of China:

The CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Wuhan, China. Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan, including buses, subways, trains, and the airport. If you must travel:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.

  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

  • Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease and should discuss travel to Wuhan with their health care provider.


If someone knows they have returned from China within the last 14 days or has been exposed to someone who came from China AND that person arrived within the past 14 days AND that person had symptoms of a respiratory illness, then they should call us at 334-844-6125 during regular business hours before coming to the clinic to be evaluated. After hours or on weekends, they should go to the ER at East Alabama Medical Center, preferably with a mask on.

Last updated: February 10, 2020