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Officials urging Texas A&M students to remain calm following possible coronavirus case

Posted at 9:25 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 22:25:22-05

COLLEGE STATION, TX — The coronavirus is all the talk after a second person in the United States has been diagnosed with the virus.

On Thursday news broke that a Texas A&M student may have contracted it, and Baylor student is also being monitored.

Both students experienced flu like symptoms and recently traveled to China, where the novel coronavirus has killed at least 41 people with over 900 reported cases.

"I hope we're all good. That's what I'm hoping, cause it's a campus. If sickness spreads, there's nothing you can do to get away from it," said Texas A&M student Brendan Waller

Christine Blackburn, a Texas A&M professor who researches issues related to pandemics, said, "The main thing I've noticed among students is there's a lot of panic."

Professor Blackburn wants students to remain calm. She says they are more likely to contract the flu than the coronavirus on campus.

"Emphasizing that one, it's a suspected case. It's not even sure that the coronavirus is here," said Professor Blackburn.

Professor Blackburn encourages people to maintain proper hygiene, wash your hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

"We want to be cautious, but not overly alarmed with what's going on," she said.

Health officials say both the Baylor and Texas A&M students are being kept isolated while the Center for Disease Control conducts testing.

"I don't know who the kid is, so I might know him, might have crossed paths with him, so hopefully he's alright, we're alright," said Waller.