Feb. 28, 2020

With significant media coverage and global conversation devoted to Coronavirus 19, we want to provide our community with educational resources for public health and safety concerns. It should be noted that the flu is still a far bigger concern in the U.S. According to the CDC, the immediate health risk for COVID-19 to the general U.S. public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, is still considered low.

As spring break approaches, members of the UNT community are encouraged to be mindful of CDC and U.S. Department of State advice when considering travel plans. Travel restrictions and advisories can change frequently, and travelers should be prepared for restrictions going into effect with little or no advance notice. UNT's International Travel Team can help you with travel insurance or the latest information about areas where you'll be traveling.

The UNT public health and emergency preparedness staff regularly keep in contact with government public health officials to stay updated on the latest public health information. This campus-wide committee consistently monitors ongoing concerns to ensure the university is prepared, as well as to provide information and assist our university community should the need arise.

Below are everyday actions we can all take to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

If you would like to learn more about the current Coronavirus, or have questions about how it may impact you, visit unt.edu/coronavirus.

Should you have specific questions regarding study abroad, travel restrictions or health concerns, here are helpful contacts: