Dear UAG community:
At the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara we continue to monitor the situation of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are aware of the importance of making the best decisions to assume responsibility for health care, both individually and institutionally, and therefore we want to provide you with information that we consider very relevant.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have pains, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, sore throat and/or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and appear gradually.
Some people become infected but do not develop any symptoms and are not ill. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without the need for any special treatment. About 1 in 6 people who get COVID-19 develop a serious illness and have trouble breathing.
Older people and those with underlying medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop a serious illness. The percentage of people who have contracted the disease and died is estimated to be less than 2%.
Basic protective measures
It is very important to stay up to date with the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, which can be accessed on the WHO website, and through communications from public health authorities at the national and local levels. Cases have been reported in many countries around the world, and outbreaks have occurred in several of them. The Chinese authorities and those of other countries have managed to encourage or stop the outbreak progress, but the situation is unpredictable, and it is necessary to regularly check the most current news.
There are several precautions that can be taken to reduce the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently using an alcohol-based (at least 60%) disinfectant or soap and water.
- Keep a minimum distance of 1 meter (3 feet) between you and anyone who coughs or sneezes.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Both you and those around you should make sure that you maintain good airway hygiene. That means covering your mouth and nose with your elbow bent or with a tissue when you cough, or sneeze and the used tissue should be disposed of immediately.
- Stay home if you are not feeling well. If you have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, seek medical attention and call ahead.
If any member of the community (student, faculty, or staff) presents symptoms or discomforts, head directly to corresponding health center, do not go to any university facilities. UAG is asking to immediately notify the school authority (program director/ immediate boss) to make their situation known and to attend to the case, without affecting their work or academic performance, and at the same time avoid risks with their colleagues.
We are taking the following actions to emphasize our two highest priorities: sustaining the health of our community and ensuring the academic progress of every one of our students in Mexico and the U.S.
- It is extremely important to stay up to date on the indications that the UAG will issue through its official communication channels, such as the institutional email and social media (official Twitter and Facebook). It is through these means that you will be notified of any issues or changes.
- All scheduled academic or work trips abroad to countries with a high degree of alert, among which today are China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy, will be canceled. It is highly recommended to also suspend personal trips to these destinations. If traveling to other countries not considered to be at high alert, it is suggested to assess the importance of the trip, and if necessary, follow the instructions of health organizations, particularly WHO.
- Hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the campus offices and student buildings entrances.
- Well-established hygiene standards are in place, including daily cleaning and disinfection procedures for all parts of the campus, especially around common areas such as door handles, classrooms, labs, bathrooms, etc.
- Ongoing guidance and training provided to UAG staff to promote safety and well-being and the use of everyday preventative practices
UAG has a group of authorities which are closely monitoring the situation, following the World Health Organization (WHO), local health department, and the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) for COVID-19 updates and following their recommendations on the appropriate health and safety measures
Thank you for your attention,
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara