Michigan State plans to assist students with a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone who has traveled to China, Italy, Iran or South Korea, according to a letter from University Physician Dr. David Weismantel and President Samuel L. Stanley Jr concerning an update on COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus.
The update echoes travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, as students start returning from spring break.
“To ensure continued education for our Spartans, we’re preparing to support any students following any CDC of the guidelines for social distancing and self-monitoring with the university’s well-established medical accommodation policies,” MSU spokesperson Dan Olsen said.
During the 14 days, the CDC recommends against going to school or work, using public transportation or ride-shares, and crowded areas — keeping a distance of six feet from others at all times.
MSU plans to accommodate students returning from affected countries through MSU Live On as well as international students unable to return home due to the outbreak, Olsen said.
“Our Residential and Hospitality Services are going to work with impacted students to provide summer housing for those who may not be able to return home this summer,” Olsen said. “As well as various supports they may need including employment opportunities and help with immigration status.”
Students are encouraged to use everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. These include washing your hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disinfecting frequently touched objects such as doorknobs, and covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or flexed elbow.
MSU does not have COVID-19 screening available on campus. If students believe they have COVID-19, they are to contact their healthcare provider before going into the office.
“Talk with their doctor or primary care provider about their recent travel and their symptoms,” Olsen said. “Also, try to avoid contact with others. Seek medical attention as those symptoms arise.”
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