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Emory College - March 3: Message to students

Dear Students, 

Emory University Student Health Services sent out important communications Monday afternoon regarding spring break travel and coronavirus COVID-19. I strongly encourage you to read and follow the advice in the email. The information can be found on the Student Health Services website, and we share it again below in full. I wish you a healthy and restful spring break.
Joanne Brzinski, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Dear Students,
We want to update you on the latest developments on the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and provide guidance as many of you may have domestic or international travel plans during Spring Break and for other personal travel.
We all have a responsibility to ourselves and to our community to make intentional, healthy and informed choices about travel during Spring Break or otherwise. The COVID-19 outbreak is a very dynamic, rapidly evolving situation, so it is important to have a clear understanding of the risk and impact of your travel during this time.
Below are guidelines and resources we encourage you to use for your travel:

  • Bookmark the university's Coronavirus Updates for the Emory Community. This page provides regular updates on travel advisories, phone numbers, links and support resources to reflect the most recent guidance and developments.
  • Currently, all official Emory-sanctioned student travel to Italy, China and South Korea is suspended indefinitely and we urge you to take these actions into consideration as you plan your personal travel.
  • Use credible sources for additional travel advisories and recommended precautions. These include: 
  • Download Emory's LiveSafe App on your phone. This application will connect you with Emory resources and serve as a notification tool as well.
  • Emory also contracts with International SOS to provide travelers a variety of online health, safety and security resources. Emory students, staff and faculty on personal travel also can take steps to be alerted to evolving health and security threats by subscribing to receive travel alerts from ISOS.

If You Travel to Affected Areas

For those students who have returned or will return from a country that is on the CDC’s list of countries with sustained community transmission within the past 14 days, please follow the following protocols:

  • For students who do not have any symptoms and who have not received information from the health department upon your return at the airport, call Student Health Services (404-727-7551) upon your return for an assessment. We will review appropriate measures for self-monitoring and review individualized up-to-date guidance concerning any additional recommended measures, such as social distancing, per the CDC guidelines.  
  • For symptomatic students, i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc., isolate yourself from others and call Student Health Services for further directives concerning evaluation procedures. If you are having chest pain, serious difficulty breathing or another type of medical emergency, please call 911.

Information for All Students

We recommend everyone maintain healthy practices. The foundation of keeping yourself and the community safe is to maintain good respiratory and hand hygiene and appropriate cough etiquette, which includes the following:

  • Use hand sanitizer routinely (at least 60% alcohol) and wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with your sleeve or a tissue.
  • Using a face mask only if you are ill (not necessary when you are well).  All ill students with fever and cough will be masked prior to entering Student Health Services.
  • Stay at home if you are ill, especially if you have a fever. Resume regular routines when you are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.
  • For environmental hygiene, use bleach wipes and wipe down all commonly touched surfaces.
  • As COVID-19 mimics the flu, it is not too late to get your flu shot to limit your risk of having a similar illness.
  • These and other measures can be reviewed at the CDC website.

Emory’s commitment to the health and safety of our community is paramount. As this situation evolves, please be assured that there is extensive coordination among Emory administrators as well as medical, public health and emergency preparedness and response experts who are focused on developing a cohesive university response. We are very fortunate to have some of the nation's best experts on our campus and next door at the CDC to support this function. We are here to support and keep everyone safe in every way we can.
This is the time to be kind and inclusive of all our fellow students and community members as this is an event highlighting the vulnerability we all share.
Sharon Rabinovitz, MD
Interim Assistant Vice President and Executive Director
Emory University Student Health Services