Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus Response General Information

What is novel coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes it is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. (Source CDC fact sheet)

How is the novel coronavirus spread?

The novel coronavirus is spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (termed respiratory secretions).

What are the symptoms of the novel coronavirus?

A cough, difficulty breathing, and fever are symptoms that may develop within 14 days of exposure to the novel coronavirus.

How can I get up-to-date information on the novel coronavirus?

To minimize disinformation, we suggest relying only on trusted sources of information like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Specifically, you can find information on the virus, tips for minimizing exposure, and symptoms at

Is there a vaccine for the novel coronavirus?

No, there is currently not a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. We recommend that all members of our university community take common sense steps to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These steps include washing your hands often, covering your cough or sneeze, avoiding touching your face, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects. If you feel unwell, stay at home and monitor your symptoms.

Do face masks protect the general public from infection with novel coronavirus?

There is no evidence that face masks protect the general public from infection outside of healthcare environments.

Novel Coronavirus In Belize

Are there confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Belize?

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus in Belize.

What is the Government of Belize doing to help contain the risk of infection?

Belize’s Ministry of Health has updated the public health threat level to high following guidance shared by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). This means that the mindset will shift from preparedness to readiness for rapid response, along with increased surveillance of novel coronavirus and travel from countries, territories or areas with reported confirmed cases of the disease.