Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Official Statement
March 18th, 2020 – 4:00 PM
Dear Members of the Latin American Campus Community,
For the past weeks, we have been intently monitoring all reports on the new Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our teams have been considering and following all recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) -many of these you may have already seen around Campus. And following these recommendations, we have made a major decision that will limit exposure to the disease among members of our community.
We will formally transition to virtual instruction for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Language Institute programs by Monday, March 23rd. Starting tomorrow, Faculty members will begin this transition and provide further details on the structure and methodology of their classes. With this measure, we highly encourage students to remain safe at home, without incurring in any unnecessary exposure. Those students who are unable to travel back home and need to remain on campus will also receive online instruction; although on-campus activities will be limited, both San Marcos and Managua campuses will remain open and operational.
We are expecting to resume face-to-face activities on April 14th, and will keep you informed of these changes. For regular updates and additional information, please visit our website constantly and keep in touch with your faculty, the Dean’s Office or Student Life. All official communications must come directly from the Administration. Please trust that this decision was not made lightly. Our main goal is to minimize the need to gather in large groups and to spend prolonged time in proximity with each other in closed spaces, following the preventive recommendations of leading health officials.
Estimados miembros de la comunidad del campus Latinoamericano,
Durante las últimas semanas, hemos estado monitoreando atentamente todos los informes del nuevo Coronavirus (COVID-19). Nuestro equipo ha considerado y seguido todas las recomendaciones de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) y el Centro para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC), muchas de las cuales quizás ya hayan visto en el Campus. Y siguiendo estas recomendaciones, hemos tomado una decisión importante que limitará la exposición a la enfermedad entre los miembros de nuestra comunidad.
Haremos la transición formal a la instrucción virtual para los programas de pregrado, posgrado y del Instituto de Idiomas comenzando el lunes 23 de marzo. A partir de mañana, los miembros de la facultad iniciarán esta transición y brindarán mayores detalles sobre la estructura y la metodología de sus clases. Con esta medida, recomendamos a los estudiantes que se mantengan seguros en sus hogares, sin incurrir en ninguna exposición innecesaria. Aquellos estudiantes que no puedan viajar de regreso a sus hogares y necesiten permanecer en el campus, también recibirán sus clases de manera virtual; y aunque las actividades dentro del campus serán limitadas, los recintos de San Marcos y Managua permanecerán abiertos.
Esperamos reanudar actividades presenciales el 14 de abril, y les mantendremos informados si esto cambia. Para actualizaciones e información adicional, por favor visiten nuestra página web constantemente y manténganse en contacto con nuestra facultad, la Oficina del Decano o Vida Estudiantil. Todas las comunicaciones oficiales deben venir de parte de la administración. Confíen en que esta decisión no se tomó a la ligera. Nuestro objetivo principal es minimizar la necesidad de reunirnos en grupos grandes y de pasar tiempo prolongado en proximidad entre nosotros en espacios cerrados, siguiendo las recomendaciones preventivas de los principales funcionarios de salud.
March 13th, 2020 – 2:00 PM
Measures to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic.
Keep up to date on the outbreak of COVID-19, available on the World Health Organization (WHO) website. In this type of situation, we ask you to remain calm and don’t panic.
Currently 80% of the cases are mild and the mortality rate is much lower than other diseases that also affect us globally. In addition, this disease has been detected in time and many specialists are already working to create a vaccine.
Only 3% of cases occur in children under 20 years of age, and mortality in children under 40 years of age is only 0.2%.
Currently, there are more than eight projects against the new coronavirus and there are groups working on projects for vaccines against this and other similar viruses.
Keep in mind that misinformation generates panic in the population. Consider the following preventive measures to take care of yourself and your family.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and a dry cough. Some patients may experience aches, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and appear gradually. Some people become infected but do not develop any symptoms and are not sick. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without any special treatment. About 1 in 6 people who get IDOC-19 develop a serious illness and have difficulty breathing. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 2% of people who have contracted the disease have died. People who have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath should seek medical attention.
To prevent Coronavirus or COVID-19 it is recommended:
Wash your hands frequently
Clean your hands regularly with soap or alcohol-based gel.
Doing this will reduce the chance that your hands will harbor the virus and you can become infected.
Avoid large clumps
Large groups of people can increase the likelihood of spreading the virus. The best precaution is to avoid exposure.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
In our hands we can harbor the virus. And from there with the contact in our eyes, nose or mouth it is easier for the virus to enter our body.
Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze
When sneezing, be sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, washcloth, or bent elbow. Also make sure that people who accompany you comply with this hygiene standard.
What to do if you have symptoms?
The symptoms of Coronavirus are fever, cough and difficulty to breathe. In view of this, it is recommended that you seek medical attention immediately.
Follow the instructions of the authorities in your country. Before going to the doctor, it is ideal to notify your arrival in advance so that your doctor has time to act quickly.