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Doshisha University Action in Response to Novel Coronavirus Infection (No. 5 Notice)

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Updated Mar. 27, 2020
To all students, teachers and staff employees
Takashi Matsuoka, President
(Director, Risk Management Headquarters)

Doshisha University Action in Response to Novel Coronavirus Infection (No. 5 Notice)

In response to recognition of the spread of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection as a global pandemic, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a Level 2 Travel Advice and Warning*1 for the whole world on March 25. As for the situation within Japan, the Novel Coronavirus Expert Meeting announced its opinion on March 19. In light of these developments, the university has revised the “Doshisha University Action in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (No. 4 Notice)” dated March 23 as noted below. We ask all of you continue to stay apprised of the latest related information and exercise due caution in your decisions and behavior.

(Trips to other countries or for returning or coming to Japan)
1.
As a general rule, travel to countries or areas for which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set the infectious disease risk*2 level to Level 2 or higher is prohibited until this level is lowered to Level 1 or lower.
Please verify the latest safety information for your destination on the “Overseas Travel Safety Information” homepage or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/(Only Japanese)
2.
In the case of travel to a country or area for which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set an infectious disease risk level of Level 1 or a Travel Advice and Warning level of Level 2 or higher, please carefully consider the necessity of the trip and whether it should be postponed.
3.
For a period of 14 days after returning to or arriving in Japan, please stop coming to the university and self-monitor your state of health (by taking your temperature, etc.)
4.
If less than 14 days have passed since you returned to or entered Japan from a country or area with a Ministry of Foreign Affairs infectious disease risk level rating of Level 3 or above, you are forbidden to come to campus for 14 days after the date you returned to or entered Japan. Furthermore, if within the last 14 days you have been in close contact with an individual who visited a country or region with a Ministry of Foreign Affairs infectious disease risk rating of Level 3 or above, you should contact a consultation center for returnees and individuals who have come in close contact with people infected with the virus (hereinafter “Consultation Center.”) You will be forbidden from coming to the university for the period ordered by a doctor, health center or other authority.
* Consultation Centers in Kyoto Prefecture:
http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/kokusai/coronavirus_update.html?mode=preview
Or contact a Consultation Center in the prefecture/municipality in which you reside.
5. 
In the future, if you will be returning/entering Japan from a country or area rated as Level 2 for infectious disease risk by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (including those listed as having a Level 2 infectious disease risk level for transit by the Ministry), please consider returning to/entering Japan as soon as possible. Even if you are returning to/entering Japan from a country or area not so designated, please be prepared for a change in conditions and make due allowance for developments so that you will be able to return to/enter Japan.
* The same policy applies to individuals who returned to/entered Japan before these measures were announced.
(Everyday life)
6.
If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of a cold or influenza, or are otherwise not feeling well, please stay at home (do not come to the university either) and care for yourself there etc.
It should also be noted that the Novel Coronavirus Expert Meeting expressed the following opinion: “Even people with mild symptoms are thought to unknowingly be playing a major role in the spread of infection. Of particular concern in this connection are those in younger age groups, because only an extremely low rate of the youth who become infected fall seriously ill, and the spread of infection among them is largely invisible. It is consequently thought that they are infecting people in middle- and upper-aged groups.” Therefore, if you have a fever or other symptoms of influenza or have been in contact etc. with an infected person, please stop coming to the university in order to prevent the spread of infection (and also refrain from going out), consult the Returnee/Contact Consultation Center or a physician, and monitor your own health.
7.
If you have the following symptoms, please stop coming to the university and consult the Returnee/Contact Consultation Center.
  • Continuation of influenza symptoms and a fever of at least 37.5 degrees centigrade for at least four days
  • Strong lethargy (fatigue) and breathing difficulties
8.
Please strive to be even more rigorous in refraining from going outside as far as possible for purposes that are unnecessary or not urgent, washing your hands and gargling when returning home, following the proper etiquette for handling coughs or sneezes, and taking other action to prevent the further spread of infection, and monitor your own health (by taking your temperature etc.)

End

※ 1
Travel Advice and Warning information is issued for countries and areas that are thought to require particular caution as destinations for travel or stays. It presents basic levels of safety measures matching the situation in the individual country or area.
※ 2
Infectious disease risk ratings are issued for novel influenza and other highly hazardous infectious diseases. They are issued for countries or areas that are thought to require particular caution as destinations for travel or stays.
To all students, teachers and staff employees
Takashi Matsuoka, President
(Director, Risk Management Headquarters)

Doshisha University Action in Response to Novel Coronavirus Infection (No. 5 Notice)

In response to recognition of the spread of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection as a global pandemic, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a Level 2 Travel Advice and Warning*1 for the whole world on March 25. As for the situation within Japan, the Novel Coronavirus Expert Meeting announced its opinion on March 19. In light of these developments, the university has revised the “Doshisha University Action in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (No. 4 Notice)” dated March 23 as noted below. We ask all of you continue to stay apprised of the latest related information and exercise due caution in your decisions and behavior.

(Trips to other countries or for returning or coming to Japan)
1.
As a general rule, travel to countries or areas for which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set the infectious disease risk*2 level to Level 2 or higher is prohibited until this level is lowered to Level 1 or lower.
Please verify the latest safety information for your destination on the “Overseas Travel Safety Information” homepage or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/(Only Japanese)
2.
In the case of travel to a country or area for which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set an infectious disease risk level of Level 1 or a Travel Advice and Warning level of Level 2 or higher, please carefully consider the necessity of the trip and whether it should be postponed.
3.
For a period of 14 days after returning to or arriving in Japan, please stop coming to the university and self-monitor your state of health (by taking your temperature, etc.)
4.
If less than 14 days have passed since you returned to or entered Japan from a country or area with a Ministry of Foreign Affairs infectious disease risk level rating of Level 3 or above, you are forbidden to come to campus for 14 days after the date you returned to or entered Japan. Furthermore, if within the last 14 days you have been in close contact with an individual who visited a country or region with a Ministry of Foreign Affairs infectious disease risk rating of Level 3 or above, you should contact a consultation center for returnees and individuals who have come in close contact with people infected with the virus (hereinafter “Consultation Center.”) You will be forbidden from coming to the university for the period ordered by a doctor, health center or other authority.
* Consultation Centers in Kyoto Prefecture:
http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/kokusai/coronavirus_update.html?mode=preview
Or contact a Consultation Center in the prefecture/municipality in which you reside.
5. 
In the future, if you will be returning/entering Japan from a country or area rated as Level 2 for infectious disease risk by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (including those listed as having a Level 2 infectious disease risk level for transit by the Ministry), please consider returning to/entering Japan as soon as possible. Even if you are returning to/entering Japan from a country or area not so designated, please be prepared for a change in conditions and make due allowance for developments so that you will be able to return to/enter Japan.
* The same policy applies to individuals who returned to/entered Japan before these measures were announced.
(Everyday life)
6.
If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of a cold or influenza, or are otherwise not feeling well, please stay at home (do not come to the university either) and care for yourself there etc.
It should also be noted that the Novel Coronavirus Expert Meeting expressed the following opinion: “Even people with mild symptoms are thought to unknowingly be playing a major role in the spread of infection. Of particular concern in this connection are those in younger age groups, because only an extremely low rate of the youth who become infected fall seriously ill, and the spread of infection among them is largely invisible. It is consequently thought that they are infecting people in middle- and upper-aged groups.” Therefore, if you have a fever or other symptoms of influenza or have been in contact etc. with an infected person, please stop coming to the university in order to prevent the spread of infection (and also refrain from going out), consult the Returnee/Contact Consultation Center or a physician, and monitor your own health.
7.
If you have the following symptoms, please stop coming to the university and consult the Returnee/Contact Consultation Center.
  • Continuation of influenza symptoms and a fever of at least 37.5 degrees centigrade for at least four days
  • Strong lethargy (fatigue) and breathing difficulties
8.
Please strive to be even more rigorous in refraining from going outside as far as possible for purposes that are unnecessary or not urgent, washing your hands and gargling when returning home, following the proper etiquette for handling coughs or sneezes, and taking other action to prevent the further spread of infection, and monitor your own health (by taking your temperature etc.)

End

※ 1
Travel Advice and Warning information is issued for countries and areas that are thought to require particular caution as destinations for travel or stays. It presents basic levels of safety measures matching the situation in the individual country or area.
※ 2
Infectious disease risk ratings are issued for novel influenza and other highly hazardous infectious diseases. They are issued for countries or areas that are thought to require particular caution as destinations for travel or stays.