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Campus Life - Jan. 29: Message to students from China and impacted areas in Asia

Updated 4 February

Emory University’s commitment to the health and safety of our community is paramount. The new year has arrived with a surge in Influenza and now our attention has been directed to the emerging Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China, which is spreading to surrounding countries. We are concerned about the health and well-being of all those impacted by this public health threat – and we offer our sincerest condolences to those who may be directly or indirectly affected. 

We wanted to reassure you that Emory University has systems in place to monitor, identify, and respond swiftly to any potential case of Coronavirus. We will keep the Emory community updated, as the situation evolves. 

Students who arrived in the United States prior to February 3 with travel from mainland China within the last 14 days should contact Student Health Services at 404-727-7551 for a risk screening, if they have not already done so.

After screening, you will be asked to be familiar with self-observation, unless instructed otherwise.

Self-observation means you should remain alert for subjective fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop cough or difficulty breathing during the self-observation period, you should take your temperature, limit contact with others, and seek health advice by telephone from a healthcare provider, as instructed, to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.

If you feel ill and need to seek health advice by telephone:

  • Call the Emory Student Health Services (SHS) office at 404-727-7551 to speak to medical personnel who can assess and guide your next steps.
  • If you are having chest pain, serious difficulty breathing, or another type of medical emergency, please call 911.

Further information concerning the status and the associated public health response can be found in the following resources:

Because we are also at the height of the influenza season, here are some tips to decrease your risk of contracting influenza of which we are seeing many active cases: 

  • Get vaccinated against influenza! It is not too late. As in other years, the coverage is not 100 percent, but it can ameliorate symptoms for those who do become infected and decrease the risk of severe complications.
  • Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer liberally, and don’t touch your face.
  • If you are sick, do not go to classes, cover your cough, and seek help, especially with severe symptoms or if you are at high risk for complications due to asthma or diabetes, for example. Each of us has a responsibility to ourself and our community. 

Below are links to more information from Emory.

In Health, 

Sharon Rabinovitz, MD
Interim Assistant Vice President and Executive Director
Emory University Student Health Services