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Updated at 5:30 p.m. on February 12, 2020.

In response to an emerging outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of a well-known virus, coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China, Georgetown is taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of our community.

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Messages to the Community

Reminders for Staying Safe During International Travel for Faculty and Staff
Monday, February 10, 2020

Reminders for Staying Safe During International Travel for Students
Monday, February 10, 2020

Public Health Update Regarding Travel to and from China
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Public Health Update
Friday, January 31, 2020

Update on Georgetown Actions Regarding Coronavirus Outbreak
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Public Health Alert Regarding the Coronavirus
Friday January 24, 2020

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University Resources

Student Health Center

Counseling and Psychiatric Services

Faculty & Staff Assistance Program

Office of Global Education

Office of Global Services

Georgetown International Travel Policy

Guidelines for University Visitors, Visiting Groups and Hosts

University Online Registry for International Visitors

Georgetown University Survey of Recent Travel to China

Georgetown University Survey of Upcoming Visitors from China

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Other Resources

Centers for Disease Control

DC Health

World Health Organization

U.S. Department of State – International Travel

International SOS – 2019-nCoV Travel Advice (GU Member Login 11BCPA000227)

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What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
Symptoms can include a fever (temperature above 100.3), cough, and difficulty breathing – similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for these types of viruses is typically 2-14 days.    

What should I do if I am presenting symptoms and have recently traveled to China?
Any member of the Georgetown community who has traveled from China within the past 14 days and is experiencing symptoms such as those described above should immediately contact Georgetown’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Vince WinklerPrins, at vjw6@georgetown.edu. 

What if I am presenting symptoms but have not recently traveled to China?
Those who have not recently visited China but are experiencing influenza-like illness, with fever greater than 100.3, and symptoms, including cough, body aches, severe sore throat, or runny nose, should consider seeking medical attention for the possibility of the flu, especially if symptoms worsen. Students should contact the Student Health Center at 202-687-2200 and identify yourself as having flu-like symptoms. Students may also consult with their regular health care provider or seek treatment at the student health provider for their program if overseas.  Faculty and staff who are ill with flu-like symptoms should stay home and contact their personal physician. 

How can I prevent infection with coronavirus?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Where can I find additional information about the coronavirus?
For additional information about coronavirus, including signs and symptoms, transmission and risk of exposure, and what to do if you are exhibiting symptoms, please refer to the CDC website.  

What if I have scheduled travel to China supported by or related to the University?
In light of the U.S. Government guidance, and for the safety and wellbeing of our community, Georgetown University is issuing a temporary moratorium on all university-sponsored and university-related travel for students, faculty and staff to China, effective immediately. This means that university funds will not be used to support trips to China, nor will the university facilitate or otherwise endorse travel to China until further notice. 

I had scheduled academic travel to China. What happens to my credits or coursework?
The university will be in contact with those students, faculty and staff scheduled for imminent travel to the country and will work to help coordinate alternate plans. Students will receive information from university officials about resources that will enable them to ensure academic continuity.

What happens to students who are currently studying in China?
We are in contact with students who were studying abroad in China – none of whom were in Wuhan, Hubei Province – and all have  traveled home. Students have received information from university officials about resources to ensure they are able to complete the remainder of their academic coursework. While we recognize that this decision will be a disappointment to those studying in China, it was made in the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students.

What if I have personal scheduled travel to China?
If you are planning personal travel, we highly recommend that you abide by U.S. government guidance and please be mindful of potential associated risk of disruptions to your return.

Does the temporary moratorium include locations outside of China with confirmed cases of the coronavirus?
At the current moment, the temporary moratorium only applies to China. We highly recommend that travelers to neighboring countries or to other countries with a high number of confirmed coronavirus cases abide by U.S. government guidance. Georgetown will continue to monitor the situation as the outbreak progresses.

What if I am currently on, or have scheduled university-related or supported international travel?
Georgetown University travelers should monitor up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease ControlU.S. Department of StateInternational SOS, and local media, and use that information to guide their decisions.  If traveling, reconfirm itineraries according to the restrictions in place at your destination prior to travel, and maintain regular contact with your local host and Georgetown University program sponsor.

We remind community members that pursuant to the University’s International Travel Policy, all students, faculty and staff are required to register University-Related International Travel through the University’s travel registration system.  Travel registration provides the University with the information it needs to locate travelers and provide information or assistance in the event of a crisis or emergency. Available services may include emergency medical support, translation services, embassy information, repatriation and security, natural disaster and medical evacuation.  Information about how to register travel can be found on the Office of Global Services website.

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