According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an outbreak of acute respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus was detected in mainland China in December 2019. The virus is named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019,” which is abbreviated COVID-19. The first person in the United States diagnosed with infection was reported Jan. 21, 2020. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency for the United States Jan. 31, 2020, to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are widely available free of charge to everyone in North Carolina. COVID-19 vaccines are the single most important tool we have to prevent transmission of COVID-19. All App State students, faculty and staff should get a COVID-19 vaccine.