Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Outdated news and resources have been removed from this page. Please visit the Preparing for the Academic Year page for the most up to date information regarding virtual recruitment and moving back into the facilities. 

Fall 2020 and COVID-19 – All Collegians Email
August 28, 2020

Note: Museum Tours at International Headquarters are not currently available. 
May 15, 2020


What is COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (, on February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice external icon for naming of new human infectious diseases.

How can I protect myself?
Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.