In December 2019, the case of a novel coronavirus, now named COVID-19, was first diagnosed and reported in Wuhan, China. Since that time, thousands of additional cases have been confirmed, creating an outbreak which the World Health Organization designates as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”
Symptoms of the coronavirus are fever, cough, breathing difficulties and respiratory distress, which can lead to pneumonia and, in a small percentage of cases, death. Over 400 deaths have been reported, almost all of which occurred in mainland China.
According to the World Health Organization, some of the best protective measures against the coronavirus are:
- Wash your hands frequently
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth with a crooked elbow or tissue
- Practice social distancing
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- If you experience fever, cough or respiratory symptoms, seek medical treatment early
U.S. Travel Ban
On January 31, 2020, the Trump Administration declared COVID-19 a public health emergency in the United States, and instituted travel restrictions as follows, effective after 5pm on February 3, 2020:
- Foreign nationals other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have traveled to China within the past 14 days will be denied entry into the U.S.
- All travelers into the U.S. from China will be screened upon arrival at a U.S. airport. Anyone exhibiting symptoms will immediately be quarantined under medical care
- U.S. citizens who have traveled to Hubei province in the past 14 days will face 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon entry into the U.S.
- U.S. citizens who have traveled to other parts of China within the past 14 days will be instructed to self-quarantine
Specific Guidance to the Pitt Community
The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management has issued guidance to the Pitt community.
International Students and Scholars from countries impacted by travel restrictions should contact OIS with any concerns that arise from the situation.
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html