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Health Advisory: 2019 Coronavirus

Date : 2020-02-04 Department :

The Wuhan Virus: How to Stay Safe

The CDC definition that triggers isolation and testing for 2019-nCoV remains quite strict:

  • travel to Wuhan within 14 days AND fever AND lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chest pain)
  • recent contact with a Coronavirus case AND fever OR lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chest pain)

Recent travel with cold symptoms should NOT trigger significant concern, initiate usual self-care and stay home when you are ill to prevent spread to others.  Symptoms that seem to be worse including cough and fever are more likely to represent flu than Coronavirus, but anyone with those symptoms who has travelled to Wuhan within the past 2 weeks or has severe symptoms should call the Line at 1922 to see if they need to come in.


Campus Guidance: Preventive Measures

This situation is evolving rapidly, and our website will be updated with significant development along with campus messaging when appropriate. For now, we follow CDC and local public health department recommendations by advising you to:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Frequently, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick and do not travel while sick.
  • Travelers to Wuhan should avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).  
  • Older travelers and those with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease and should discuss travel to Wuhan or other affected areas with their healthcare provider.

For further information, see the dedicated CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov.tw/(English website: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En).

Stay well!

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