Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Marian Frank
Marian Frank

The Coronavirus as Seen through a Microscope

A new coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused an outbreak of respiratory illness, which has been serious or fatal in a small percentage of people. The coronavirus, initially detected in China, has since spread to multiple countries, including the United States. Current understanding about how the coronavirus is contracted and spreads is still evolving. We continue to monitor this situation.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix is cooperating with the Arizona Department of Health Services, the University of Arizona and our educational partners to ensure the health of our medical students, faculty and staff. You may find information about the virus and how to protect yourself through these sources:

The CDC recommends practicing good personal health habits. It is important for everyone to take preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, counter-tops, light switches, doorknobs and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
  • 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 a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

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COVID-19 Student Service Corps

Through interprofessional student service-learning projects, the *COVID-19 Student Service Corps at the College of Medicine – Phoenix aims to support Arizona health systems, as well as their patients, the workforce and communities facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

*The COVID-19 Student Service Corps was an initiative started by Columbia University health professions students.

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*Image credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

About the College

Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated 593 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,400 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.