Updates on the Novel Coronavirus Epidemic for the NYU Shanghai Community

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This page contains the latest information available to NYU Shanghai about the Novel Coronavirus Epidemic, useful links, and FAQs.

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Latest information about 2019-nCoV

Last Updated: February 17, 2020 10:25 AM, China Standard Time

By NYU Shanghai
Relevance: All NYU Shanghai

Daily Situation Reports

World Health Organization daily situation reports
CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus Wuhan Situation Summary
Latest statistics on Coronavirus with info about cases in Shanghai by District (Chinese)
Wuhan Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Global Cases (by Johns Hopkins CSSE)
Real-time Updates on Coronavirus Outbreak (Global Times)
Live Updates (Washington Post)
Coronavirus Live Updates (New York Times)
China and Coronavirus Updates (BBC)

Shanghai
Confirmed cases: 331
Suspected cases: 117
Deaths: 1
Recovered: 140

NYU Shanghai: 0 cases

Useful Information

NYU Shanghai Teaching & Learning Toolkits
Undergraduate advising Information for Spring 2020 and FAQ
CDC Travel Advisory
Updated Academic Calendar for Spring 2020
NYU Health Alert: 2019 Novel Coronavirus
NYU Shanghai to Delay Opening and Move Many Classes Online
New Access Restrictions to NYU Shanghai Campus/Residence Halls (PDF)

Important Dates
February 17, 2020 -- Digital instruction begins
February 10 -- Faculty and staff, remote work from home until further notice
Spring Festival holiday extended until February 7, followed by the weekend of February 8 & 9

Contact Information

Department Email/Phone number
Undergraduate advising shanghai.advising@nyu.edu
Graduate Office shanghai.ogae@nyu.edu
NYU's Office of Global Programs global.admissions@nyu.edu
Public Safety shanghai.publicsafety@nyu.edu | 021-2059-5500
Human Resources shanghai.hr@nyu.edu | 13764511733
Wellness Exchange 021-2059-9999
General Inquiries nyushanghai@nyu.edu

Shanghai East Medical Center (NYU Shanghai’s designated hospital for all suspected cases)
No.150, Jimo Road, Pudong New Area (Line 2 Dongchang RD Station Exit 1)
Tel: 021-3880 4518
上海市浦东新区即墨路150号, 近浦东大道(2号线东昌路站1号口)电话: 021-3880 4518

About the Coronavirus

 

Health and Safety Tips

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • 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.
  • Wear a mask when out in public.

 

Interesting Reads

The Chinese Coronavirus Is Not the Zombie Apocalypse (Psychology Today)
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How Coronavirus compares to flu, Ebola, and other major outbreaks (National Geographic)
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2 weeks 2 days ago
An Update on the Coronavirus and NYU's Response
To: All NYU
From:
  • President Andrew Hamilton
  • Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, MD, Assoc. Vice President for Student Health
Relevance: NYU Global Community

The safety and health of NYU's students, faculty, administrators, and staff are the top concern for me and all the University's leadership.  The new illness has been a focus of attention across NYU's global network since it first emerged, and we have assembled a team involving multiple University offices and campuses to monitor, plan, and respond.  As the new coronavirus-based illness that originated in Wuhan, China continues to spread, we want to update you on developments related to NYU globally.

Background

The Coronavirus: Coronaviruses are fairly common viruses in humans.  The virus that has emerged in China – 2019-nCoV – is a new one, and doctors and researchers are working to better understand its contagiousness and severity.  Generally speaking, outside of China, the spread of the disease has been limited, with no confirmed cases in New York City, for example.

No cases at NYU: So far, there are no cases of NYU community members infected with 2019-nCoV on any of our campuses, including NYU Shanghai.

Information: The Student Health Center has created a webpage with information about the illness and health guidance for the NYU community.  It is updated regularly as new developments occur.

Health Issues: Readiness, Preparations, and Actions

Closely Following the Guidance of Health Authorities: Our Student Health Center (SHC) staff has been in frequent direct contact with state and local health departments, has been in touch with other universities’ health operations, and has been closely following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization.  We are in line with the most-up-to-date guidance, which involves:

This is a time of year in which a lot of students are afflicted with respiratory illnesses, which the staff is trained and prepared to handle.  Medical staff in our Health Center have heightened their sensitivity to travel histories. And they are also providing guidance to our other campuses and sites.

Travel to China: The US government has issued an advisory against travel to China. In addition, some airlines have announced that they are suspending service to China, while others have reduced the number of flights they are operating.  The presumption is that any school, unit, or individual which had been planning academic or other travel to China has cancelled those plans, and the cancellation will remain in place until the guidance changes. For any needed advice or direction, please be in touch with our travel safety group at travelsafety@nyu.edu to discuss any proposed trips.

Communications: In addition to communicating directly with the populations most likely to be affected by the emerging virus, we have also sought to keep the broader NYU community up-to-date by: 1) sending University-wide communications, such as this and the earlier one from Dr. Ciotoli, 2) establishing, as we noted earlier, a page with information about the virus, and 3) posting public statements.

NYU Langone: Our medical center is one of the finest in the world, and an important part of the fabric of New York's health system.  While there are currently no confirmed cases in the New York City area, NYU Langone is well prepared to handle the 2019-nCoV virus and to be part of the City's health response.  This includes establishing a special 2019-nCoV task force; implementing procedures for the identification and treatment of potential patients; ensuring the availability of proper protective equipment; and building awareness and recognition among staff.

Academic Planning and Responses

Spring classes and academic planning: In line with the guidance from health authorities, we have begun spring semester classes in all locations except NYU Shanghai, where municipal authorities have asked all universities to delay spring classes.

In response to the coronavirus, our academic planning has centered around two issues: 1) contingency planning for NYU Shanghai, and 2) planning to address academic progress for students who are unable to resume their studies because of travel restrictions.

NYU Shanghai: Given the US government's advisory against travel to China, we will activate the contingency plans on which we had been working.  Accordingly, NYU Shanghai will begin digital instruction on February 17, with classes meeting remotely using technology and with some NYU Shanghai students enrolling in global sites. The university is in constant contact with health authorities and will look to resume in-person classes as soon as practicable and appropriate.

Students Unable to Travel: We have also been undertaking planning to address the academic progress of students throughout NYU whose travel has been restricted.  We have communicated directly with those students who, our records suggest, are most likely to be affected by travel restrictions and asked them to contact us if they cannot travel.  In addition, the Provost's Office has communicated with faculty who have students in their classes who may be travel-restricted and provided them with recommendations, techniques, and resources that can allow students to participate in class until travel restrictions are lifted.

Concluding Thoughts

The challenges that this illness presents for NYU – keeping our community safe and well, and ensuring the continued education both of NYU Shanghai students and travel-restricted students – are ample. And it is understandable that concerns may accompany a new and unfamiliar communicable illness.

However, we are convinced that NYU's considerable strengths – the capabilities of our global network, the courage and determination of our community, the professionalism of our health staff, our technological resources, and our commitment to our students' academic progress – will enable us to overcome these challenges, and we shall look with some pride on how we came together and were able to handle this test.

3 weeks 2 days ago
The Emergence of the Novel Coronavirus
Relevance: All NYU

Carlo Ciotoli, MD, Associate Vice President for Student Health and Executive Director of the Student Health Center at NYU

No doubt many of you will have heard by now of a respiratory illness – the Novel Coronavirus, 2019-nCoV – that first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has since spread. Your well-being is the top priority for the Student Health Center and the University. I have just finished participating in a conference call for health care providers organized by the State Health Department, and I’d like to share with you some background, and some information about steps we are taking.

Background

The 2019-nCoV is a coronavirus strain that has not previously been found in humans. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Most of those infected have reported exposure to a large seafood and live animal market in Wuhan, but there is also evidence of human-to-human transmission, though the ease of human-to-human transmission has not yet been fully clarified. Several hundred cases have been confirmed, mostly in the Wuhan, China area, but elsewhere too, including among people who have traveled internationally from China. There have been a relatively small number of deaths reported as well; these more severe cases seem to have occurred among the elderly, among those with underlying illnesses, or both.

Steps We Are Taking

At the Health Center: Respiratory illnesses are common at this time of year; the Student Health Center has well-established protocols for dealing with communicable illnesses, and there will be a heightened emphasis on determining travel histories for those presenting with respiratory illnesses. So far there have been no cases of 2019-nCov among the NYU community. We have been and continue to be in touch with health authorities, paying particular attention to any guidance related to college communities.

Outreach: The steps we have taken so far are consistent with the recommendations of health authorities: we have been in touch with the relevant groups of students, asked them to monitor themselves for the symptoms associated with the Novel Coronavirus, and asked that they connect with the University's health resources if they are exhibiting any symptoms.

Working with other offices, we have put an emphasis on communicating with segments of the NYU community that may be affected in one way or another.  For example:

  • We have communicated with those students who, according to our records, are from the Wuhan region and the other affected areas. We have provided them with information about the symptoms, how to access NYU health services, and other related information. In addition, we have advised them on whom to contact if travel restrictions imposed on Wuhan residents prevent them from being able to return to campus for the start of the spring semester.
  • We have advised all the students at NYU Shanghai -- many of whom customarily travel in China or elsewhere in Asia during the Chinese New Year period -- to avoid travel to the Wuhan area; that advice should also apply to others in the NYU community thinking about traveling to China. We have also provided them with information about the symptoms of 2019-nCoV, how to access health services, and other related information.
  • We have communicated with all the students who were studying at NYU Shanghai during J-term (January Term), providing them with information about the symptoms of 2019-nCoV, how to access health services, and other related information.
  • We have also posted information about 2019-nCoV on the Student Health Center site. We will continue to update the site as important new information or developments emerge.

Classes, Activities, and Operations

With the exception of NYU Shanghai, all classes, activities, operations, and events are expected to go forward as scheduled at all NYU sites and locations. This is consistent with the advice of health authorities.

In Shanghai, municipal authorities have asked universities to put new public health protocols in place, including temperature screening.  The coming Chinese New Year makes it difficult to get the necessary work finished by the scheduled start of classes at NYU Shanghai, so they will delay the start of spring semester by one week to February 10.

Conclusion

I know news reporting about emerging illnesses can be upsetting; I would like to urge you to be calm. Health authorities throughout the world are focused on this illness, and our University has highly professional, trained medical staff that is closely following developments, is working closely with other University offices to make well informed decisions, and is committed to protecting the health of the NYU community.

If you do have any health-related questions, you can call the Student Health Center at 212.443.1000.

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