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Community and Travel Guidance Related to the Coronavirus

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Announcement
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Faculty and Staff, All Campuses

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.

For any questions related to international safety matters, please contact Tufts Global Operations at internationalsafety@tufts.edu.