Preventive measures to protect against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) For staff and students of Chiang Mai University

20 February 2020

Corporate Communication and Alumni Relations Center (CCARC)

Advice for students/teachers/professors/staff of Chiang Mai University

1. Postpone travel plans to high-risk countries.
2. If it is necessary to travel, please be careful to avoid becoming infected.
3. Refrain from being in communities and public places with many people. Also, avoid being in close contact to patients with respiratory illnesses or people with symptoms such as coughing and sneezing.
4. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol.
5. If you have symptoms that include: fever, coughing, sneezing and a runny nose, wear a sanitary mask and avoid being in contact with other people. If you do not feel better or start to pant, or have trouble breathing, then urgently consult a doctor.
6. If you are concerned whether you are infected, complete the self-screening questionnaire:
7. If professors and students from foreign universities under high preventive measures are visiting the university for academic exchanges during this period, please postpone the activity to after April, or until the situation is alleviated.

During your travel

If you have symptoms such as: fever, coughing, sneezing or a runny nose while on board a flight, please contact the staff or a flight attendant immediately.

After returning to Thailand

1. Cooperate and comply with the screening procedures for travelers and the preventive disease control measures set in place by the Ministry of Public Health.
2. Observe one's own illness and refrain from going out in public communities where there are many people, and avoid sharing items such as glasses, towels, utensils, etc. with others.
3. If you have returned from an outbreak area and within 14 days after you have a fever, cough, are panting, or are sneezing with a runny nose, wear a sanitary mask and urgently consult a doctor and inform them of your recent travel history.

Suggestions for Faculties/Institutes/Centers in Chiang Mai University

1. Educate or publicize helpful content in institutions, such as posters that instruct on how to properly wash hands and wear a sanitary mask etc.
2. Require staff or health teachers to coordinate with healthcare officials in the area
to provide services in nursing rooms, as well as record the patients' illness data.
3. If it is found that there are too many students that are sick or absent from school, inform the responsible health professionals in the area to further investigate the cause.
4. Encourage students to bring their own utilities such as glasses, tupperware, handkerchiefs etc.
5. Provide equipment for hand washing such as alcohol gel and make it available in the classrooms, school, canteen, gym, etc.
6. Prepare a nursing room for separating students with respiratory illnesses from students with other medical conditions.