Jan. 30, 2020
Dear Brandeis Community,
The situation related to 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019 nCOv) has continued to evolve, and with the World Health Organization’s declaration of a global health emergency, we want to share some updates and reminders. At this point, there are no confirmed cases in Massachusetts and the recommendations for screening and testing from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Massachusetts Department of Public Health remain the same. The current recommendations for screening are as follows.
If you have been to Wuhan in the last 14 days OR have had close contact with someone who has contracted the virus in the last 14 days AND are exhibiting symptoms of fever, shortness of breath, or coughing, there are some simple steps to take:
- Reduce your contact with others by self isolating.
- If you are a student, please call the Brandeis Health Center at 781-736-3677 for advice on the next steps. We have screening, testing, and care protocols in place.
- Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact their primary care physician. As a courtesy, a follow-up call to the Health Center would be appreciated so we are aware.
- Friends and family should contact their primary care physician or local emergency room for advice and screening.
We are also in the midst of the cold and flu season. Influenza activity remains elevated in the Boston area.
To reduce the risk of getting or spreading a viral illness:
- Get the flu shot. These are available for students at the Health Center.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer frequently
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Cover your cough
- Stay home when you have a fever or are vomiting
- Use a mask to help reduce airborne droplet dispersal
If you plan to travel, please review the CDC Travel Health Notice for current information, as travel warnings have been updated. This semester there are no undergraduate students studying abroad in mainland China.
The Health Center can assist students with guidance and offers after-hours consultation. On Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, call 781-736-3677. During evenings and weekends, please call 781-239-1948.
We would like to remind everyone that this is a stressful time for members of our community who have family living in and near the affected areas. Please remember to show your support and understanding to those students, faculty and staff who have a strong personal connection to the areas that have been deeply affected by the coronavirus.
As always, there are many supports on campus for both undergraduate and graduate students, including the Counseling Center (which can be reached at 781-736-3730), the Dean of Students Office (781-736-3600), the Office of Graduate Student Affairs (781-736-3547), and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs (781-736-2005). You may also visit the Support at Brandeis website to review the comprehensive list of resources and services available to all members of our community.
Administrative Director, Brandeis Health Center
Raymond Lu Ming Ou
Vice Provost of Student Affairs
For insightful emerging reporting please see the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which has up-to-date articles.