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ASU president sheds more light on coronavirus fears on campus

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Posted at 4:46 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 15:30:59-05

TEMPE, AZ — The president of Arizona State University said on Monday that along with a positive case of coronavirus, there have been 'lots of negatives.'

ABC15 news partner, KTAR spoke with President Dr. Michael Crow on Monday about fears on campus for the coronavirus.

Dr. Crow said along with the positive case, there have been lots of negative results within the ASU community. However, the president didn't elaborate on the cases as they are not allowed to reveal information.

There are more than 3,000 students from China at ASU, and Dr. Crow told KTAR that there are concerns about students feeling racially profiled, "we're worried about that kind of behavior, that kind of uninformed behavior," he said.

Dr. Crow said they've had a couple of cases of that, "we've used them as what we call instructional moments," he said to KTAR.

ASU said although there is a positive case of coronavirus, there is 40 cases a week of the flu.

However, the anxiety and unknown of the coronavirus creates a fear.

ASU can not say who within their community tested positive for the coronavirus because they have to keep that person's information confidential. They have not indicated if that person had classroom exposure or not, only saying that people who were in contact with this person were notified.

The best way to protect yourself is by proper hygiene.

ASU has posted these preventive methods per the CDC:

  • 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 immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.