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Coronavirus: Email to Students, Faculty and Staff 1-24-20

Subject: Coronavirus Awareness
Date: Friday, January 24, 2020 at 9:02:46 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: Princeton E-mail Distribution

Health officials worldwide are monitoring an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that originated recently in Wuhan, China.

We are not aware of any coronavirus cases on our campus or in New Jersey. Out of an abundance of caution, we are sending this preliminary information to raise awareness and inform the University community.

Health officials have connected the virus to a market in Wuhan that had seafood, birds, and live animals. While the market has been closed, there are indications that the virus may also be transmitted from human to human. A few cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed in Asian countries outside China, and one case has been diagnosed in the U.S.

Officials are actively screening for signs of illness in travelers from the Wuhan area arriving in U.S. airports. All direct and indirect flights from Wuhan are being routed to five U.S. airports, including John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, where screenings are being conducted.

We urge all members of the University Community who are traveling to register their travel in Concur and follow steps to prevent the further spread of illness while traveling by:

  • Keeping distance from people who are obviously sick
  • Washing hands frequently and using hand sanitizer whenever soap and water are not available
  • Avoiding contact with animals while abroad, including live bird markets
  • Ensuring food is thoroughly cooked, including eggs and meats
  • Seeking medical assistance as soon as possible if you develop symptoms during or after travel, especially if the symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Travelers to Asia may encounter screening at airports. Travelers with symptoms have been detained in airports until proven negative for the virus. For these reasons, it is wise to travel with all immunizations up to date, including the flu shot. Influenza symptoms are similar to coronavirus symptoms. Being immunized against influenza lowers your possibility of developing fever and respiratory symptoms due to influenza that may create issues at borders. Influenza vaccine is still available at University Health Services (UHS) free of charge for students and employees.

At UHS, we are taking precautions to identify cases as early as possible should they occur among members of the University community in coordination with local and state health departments as per our standard practice.

If you become sick with respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever) within 14 days of returning from travel to China or other Asian countries, you should contact UHS.

  • Ill students should contact University Health Services at 609-258-3141 or visit McCosh Health Center on Washington Road.
  • Ill employees should contact Occupational Health at 609-258-5035. 

For More Information

Irini Daskalaki, M.D.
Global and Community Health Physician

Kara Amoratis
Associate Director, Global Safety and Security

Robin Izzo
Executive Director, Environmental Health and Safety / Emergency Preparedness

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