Community and Travel Guidance Related to the Coronavirus
The below message was shared with the entire Tufts community, including students, faculty, and staff.
Travelers: Information related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
As we previously shared with all members of the Tufts community, an outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originated in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, and a small number of cases have now been documented outside of China, including cases in the United States. This coronavirus can cause illness that is mild — a simple cold or upper respiratory infection that can be overcome — to more severe cases that can result in life-threatening pneumonia. We are writing to you today to provide you with information that may be useful to you during your current and upcoming travels.
The University is monitoring the situation closely in conjunction with our international assistance partner, International SOS. At this time, the risk of transmission of the coronavirus outside of China remains low. While there is no reason to be alarmed, we encourage all travelers to be aware of the signs and symptoms, and to be aware of any impact to travel. Several international airports have already introduced increased screenings, which primarily involves temperature checks. Some airlines have suspended flights to and from mainland China.
- We advise all members of the Tufts community to avoid travel to Wuhan and other parts of the Hubei province in China. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. The US Department of State recommends to avoid all travel.
- All travelers who have registered their trip with the Tufts Travel Registry will automatically receive alerts from International SOS pertinent to their location. International SOS also provides the most up-to-date information on their website dedicated to 2019-nCoV virus, and additional information and travel advice can be found on the Center for Disease Control’s website. We recommend all travelers download the International SOS app for immediate alerts and information on their phone.
- We strongly encourage Tufts community members to register any future university-related travel with the Tufts Travel Registry so that the University can connect with and support them in the event of an emergency abroad.
- Since China is now at an advisory level 4 (Do not travel) by the US Department of State, any student travel to China requires review and approval by the Tufts International Travel Review Committee.
- If you are traveling and need assistance, including medical care, please reach out to International SOS at 215-942-8226 (Tufts membership number is 11BCPS000093). If you have downloaded the app, you can also use the chat functionality or the direct call option. Travelers on university-related travel are covered by the Tufts International Travel Medical Coverage.
For any questions related to international safety matters, please contact Tufts Global Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org.