University administration is closely monitoring the global coronavirus situation as it develops, and is encouraging everyone on campus to follow standard Center for Disease Control preventative guidelines. These recommendations include:
-Practice respiratory etiquette. The main way disease spreads from person to person is in droplets produced by coughs and sneezes, so it’s important to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue, you should cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not your hands.
-Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand rubs are also useful.
-Stay home if sick. Stay home or in your place of residence for at least 24 hours after the last signs of fever.
-It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine. If you have been prescribed flu antiviral medication, take it.
UM has no official university travel planned or expected to countries included on the U.S. State Department’s list of areas to avoid. The University will be closely monitoring any future travel advisories issued by the State Department.