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Doshisha University COVID-19 Infection Prevention Measures

April 1, 2023
Doshisha University COVID-19 Infection Prevention Measures
Doshisha University

 Having experienced the pandemic of the Novel Coronavirus (hereinafter “COVID-19”), we have been practicing new forms of learning and education at the same time as preventing spread of infection through the “new normal” lifestyle. As the result of such cumulative efforts nationwide, COVID-19 will be reclassified as a Class V Infectious Disease in the Infectious Disease Act from May 8, 2023 and the national policy concerning the disease will shift to one that respects the choices of individuals, as with its response to seasonal influenza.
 However, being downgraded in the Infectious Disease Act does not mean that the characteristics of COVID-19 have changed. In order for the university to fulfill its role in educational and research activities and for students to continue studies and extracurricular activities smoothly, each of us must continue to take necessary infection prevention measures with the possibility of future resurgence of infections in mind.
 Below is the list of what we should always be cautious and practice as part of the university community and management. Please follow these guidelines in your daily life and on-campus activities. Students, faculty and staff of Doshisha University are expected to follow these guidelines with the understanding that COVID-19 is classified as a Class V Infectious Disease.

[Basic Infection Prevention Measures]

1.Wearing a mask correctly in necessary situations
  • Use of a mask is up to each person's decision, whether it is for protection against COVID-19 or for hay fever or cold.
  • Make sure to wear a mask in such situations as in a crowded train or bus while commuting to school, when seeing a doctor, or when visiting a medical institution or an elderly facility where the elderly or other people with a high risk of developing severe illness from infection reside or are hospitalized.
2.Ventilation at an appropriate timing
  • Keep an appropriate room temperature and humidity and ventilate the room frequently to let fresh air in.
  • Each classroom continues to be equipped with a CO2 density calculator for users to ventilate the room at an appropriate timing.
3.Washing and sanitizing hands and fingers
  • Hand sanitizers continue to be provided at each facility.
4.Avoid the risk of infection during eating and drinking or class/club camps etc.
  • With the understanding that “avoiding the Three Cs (Closed spaces, Crowded places, Close contact situations)” and “keeping a physical distance between people” are effective, it is recommended to dine at places where appropriate infection prevention measures are in place.
  • Temperature checkpoints are maintained and non-contact thermometers are provided in faculty common rooms and other offices.
  • Partitions for shielding shall be placed as needed in each facility.