Happy Chinese New Year 2020!
2020 is the Chinese lunar calendar "Golden Mouse" year. The zodiac mouse is the first zodiac sign of the twelve Chinese zodiac, representing the beginning and implying spirituality. May this year bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations on your life. Wishing you a year fully loaded with happiness, healthy and safety.
In this new year, we are also facing with new challenges. The whole nation now is concerned with the outbreak of the pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus. Resolute efforts have been made by the government to curb the spread of the virus and more stringent measures have been taken in hospitals. The university will also stand by your side in this fight against the new disease. Please check the following notice about the new coronavirus and inform your friends and families around. Take care and be safe.
How to Protect Yourselves from the New Coronavirus?
What is a new coronavirus?
It is a new strain of coronavirus that has not yet been previously identified in humans.
Coronavirus (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
How does the virus transmit?
The virus is mainly transmitted through droplets and contact. At present, most of the infected patients are males, and there are more middle-aged and elderly people aged 40 and 60 years old.
What are the symptoms?
The main symptoms are fever, fatigue and cough. The onset symptoms of some patients are mild with no fever. About half of the patients get breathing difficulties after 1 week. In more severe cases, infection can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock, refractory metabolic acidosis and coagulation dysfunction.
If you have stayed in Wuhan (or Hubei Province) or you have contacted with people who came back from Wuhan (or Hubei Province) and have respiratory symptoms such as fever and cough, you are required to continue to observe your personal health for 14 days from the last day you leave Wuhan（or Hubei Province）or the last day of contact with suspected patients.
Suggestions of Protection
Avoid going to epidemic areas, especially Wuhan, Hubei province.
If you got a fever or had other symptoms, you must go to see the doctor immediately.
When you go to public areas, wearing a mask is an effective way to protect yourselves. Make sure to wear it properly by tightening up the nose clip and pulling the bottom of it over your chin. A mask should be discarded after use and under no circumstances should it be used for longer than four hours.
Keep ventilation and wash your hands frequently.
When you are coughing or sneezing, please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
Eat thoroughly cooked meat and eggs.
Avoid close contact with people who have flu or cold-like symptoms.
Avoid close contact with wild animals or farmed livestock without any protection.
Hospitals for treatment
If you have symptoms of pneumonia suspected of new coronavirus infection, you can go to the campus clinic or the following hospitals (Guangzhou) for medical treatment.
The Campus Clinic
The list of designated Hospital for Acute Infectious Diseases in Guangzhou
Contact of IO
In case of emergency during vacation, you can contact Vivian and Laraine in the GDUFS-IO-NOTICES Wechat group.
Jan. 24, 2020