Following recent developments, we provide a further update of the first disclosure, which was released on January 31, 2020.
The Pontifical Gregorian University, due to its international nature, is paying close attention to recent events concerning the New Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV), and the developments that have characterised two outbreaks of infection in Lombardy and Veneto..
Reassuring that no cases related to Coronavirus 2019 have been identified within our university community, nor - at the moment (February 26) - in the city of Rome, we strongly recommend to follow scrupulously the precautions that the site of the Italian Ministry of Health presents at the following link:
Briefly, we remind you of the following attentions, which are part of the "decalogue" mentioned in the link above:
1) In the event of the onset of symptoms such as fever, cough, breathing difficulties, or common symptoms of the flu, please contact your doctor or the number set up by the Ministry of Health (1500) as soon as possible to receive adequate information. The call center answers in Italian, Chinese and English.
2) It is recommended to take care of the hygiene of the hands (wash them often with soap and water or alcoholic solutions) and of the respiratory tract (sneeze or cough in a handkerchief or with the elbow flexed, throw the used tissues in a closed basket immediately after use and wash hands); keep safe food practices (avoid raw or undercooked meat, unwashed fruit or vegetables and unwrapped drinks) and avoid close contact, whenever possible, with anyone who shows symptoms of respiratory diseases such as coughing and sneezing.
In any case, we will do what the competent authorities will decide at regional and/or national level.
We also invite those who intend to travel to China shortly to follow the advice of the Ministry of Health and, in the case of students from our University enrolled in study and work abroad programs, to contact the program contact person to receive information on precautionary measures.
The Administration of the Pontifical Gregorian University will continue to constantly monitor the situation, together with the competent authorities, and will provide the university community with any updates. Furthermore, the sanitization and sanitization operations of the more crowded environments will be intensified.
The Administrative Vice Rector
Pontifical Gregorian University