What is COVID-19?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus from the coronavirus family that has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Visit the FAQ page for more information, or use the links and resources below to learn more.


Preventing the Spread of Flu and COVID-19

The best way to prevent illness from COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC always recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.


Virtual Health Services for S.C. Residents

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has added COVID-19 to the list of conditions you can be screened for through its Virtual Care system. Virtual Care is staffed 24/7 by doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners at MUSC Health who communicate with patients through a variety of online interviewing systems, including texts, calls and videos. Any South Carolina resident who has COVID-19-like symptoms can use the online system for free by using the promo code COVID19. To learn more, visit MUSC’s Virtual Care Portal.


Please note: Students and employees who use MUSC’s Virtual Care services or visit their personal health care provider because of COVID-like symptoms are asked to also report their symptoms and/or diagnosis to Lander’s Student Health Services 864-388-8885 or studentwellness@lander.edu.