Public Health


Dallas College is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning and work environment. This page is provided as a resource to help students and employees make informed decisions about their health.



COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus discovered in 2019. The virus spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Some people who are infected may not have symptoms.

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Mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) is a rare disease caused by infection with the mpox virus. Mpox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Mpox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and m​pox is rarely fatal.

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Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications.

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Respiratory Syncytial virus better known as RSV, is a respiratory virus that causes cold-like symptoms. The majority of people recover between 1-2 weeks. RSV can be more serious and require hospitalization in infants and older adults.

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For guidance on health concerns not listed please refer to Dallas County Health and Humans Services.